WTA Tour

Ostapenko suffers defeat in Shenzhen

2018-01-02 11:04
Jelena Ostapenko (AP)

Shenzhen - French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko slumped to a shock defeat in the first round of the Shenzhen Open on Tuesday only days after beating Serena Williams in the American's comeback match. 

Number two seed Ostapenko of Latvia lost to the big-serving Czech Krystina Pliskova 6-1, 6-4 in just an hour and 20 minutes. 

Ostapenko had beaten Williams via a super tie-break 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, but she had no answer to the power of Pliskova, identical twin sister of former world number one Karolina. 

"I felt a bit nervous in the second set, but my serve was really working today, which was a big help," Pliskova said after the match. 

Pliskova, third on the WTA Tour's ace charts last season, raced out to a 5-0 lead to start the match. 

"My serve was great today, especially in the first set. I feel like it's really fast here, so that can be tricky for both of us, and the first of us playing fast won the point." 

It was not the start to 2018 that Ostapenko wanted, with the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, starting in 13 days' time. 

Earlier there had been disappointment for the home crowd when Chinese number three seed Zhang Shuai was bundled out in three sets by Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas.

Results from Tuesday's matches at the WTA Tour's Shenzhen Open (x denotes seed):

Second round

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) bt Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-1, 6-0

Zarina Diyas (KAZ) bt Shuai Zhang (CHN x3) 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4

First round

Ana Bogdan (ROM) bt Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-4, 6-2

Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) bt Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x2) 6-1, 6-4

Read more on:    wta tour  |  shenzhen open  |  jelena ostapenko  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.