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Title race
From: Shenzhen Government Online
Updated: 2018-11-28

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova will play WTA Shenzhen Open, the opener of the 2019 season, organizers of the tournament said Sunday.

The 31-year-old Russian reached the semifinals in Shenzhen last January, before reaching the semis in Rome, and last eight in Madrid and French Open, before concluding the 2018 season at 29th in the WTA ranking.

Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia will join Sharapova in the title race, while promising Chinese duo Wang Xiyu and Wang Xinyu will attract attention from the home crowd.