Unseeded Sharapova Joins Halep, Ostapenko in Shenzhen Title Chase; Preview
by Staff | December 31st, 2017, 12:52 pm

Unseeded Maria Sharapova joins world No. 1 Simona Halep and reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as the favorites this week in Shenzhen.
The WTA stop also features returning champion Katerina Siniakova, and Halep trying to hang on to the No. 1 ranking this week ahead of Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Wozniacki who can take it away.

Here is a look at the field:

SHENZHEN, China; Surface: hard

Seeds: Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko, Zhang Shuai, Irina-Camelia Begu, Wang Qiang, Katerina Siniakova, Maria Sakkari, Timea Babos

Floaters: Alison Riske, Maria Sharapova, Camila Giorgi, Kristyna Pliskova

Notes: You get what you pay for on the WTA tour, and the Shenzen field drastically drops off after guarantee-receivers Halep and Ostapenko…Maria Sharapova also gets into the field unseeded and undoubtedly with some cash in pocket…Halep is trying to stay atop the WTA rankings this week, and Ostapenko is coming off an exhibition win over Serena Williams…Interesting starts include (5) Wang vs. the upset specialist Riske (winner to meet Sharapova), and (2) Ostapenko vs. the lesser Pliskova, winner to meet the scrappy Giorgi…Wildcards were awarded to China’s Liu Fangzhou, Wang Xiyu and Wang Yafan…Withdrawing from the event were Kateryna Kozlova and Sara Sorribes Tormo…Siniakova returns to defend her championship from 2017 when she beat Riske in the final. Halep (2015) is the other former champion in the field.

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14 Comments for Unseeded Sharapova Joins Halep, Ostapenko in Shenzhen Title Chase; Preview

Willow Says:

Will be great to have all the top players back, to have a nice competitive field again, any news on Vika ?

Humble Rafa Says:

any news on Vika ?

Baby daddy issues. Don’t sleep around is the lesson that many don’t follow.

Wog Boy Says:

Agree, very immature move and who is going to pay price for it? As usual, innocent child.

Willow Says:

I Agree too, but shes good for the game, and it will be great having all the top players back ….

BBB Says:

I see we’re back in the 50s.

Wog Boy Says:

Disagree, nothing to do with with a 50s, but taking responsibilities and thinking through when bringing child to this world, it is not short term joy but long term responsibility.

t4t Says:

Baby daddy issues? This has nothing to do with the child’s parents not being married as implied by HR or that Vika was sleeping around. Seriously is HR living in the 50s. Today most young people have live in arrangements. Plenty of married couples go through divorces and have custody issues. It is just bad luck for Vika that she fell in love with the wrong guy.

Wog Boy Says:

How do we know he was the wrong and that she wasn’t wrong girl, it works both ways? Men fall in love too, men are used too and then dumped. Every medal has two sides.

Wog Boy Says:

^^ “…he was the wrong guy..”

t4t Says:

Well obviously they were wrong for each other but who is paying a bigger price? At the career level, she is paying a bigger price. He is a nobody. He is probably doing this to get her to agree to pay him more.
At the personal level she is paying the bigger price as attempt is made to separate her from her baby. I simply cannot understand how he has aquired the right to separate her from the baby. Seems to be male chauvinism at work supporting the boyfriend’s attempt to force Vika to choose between her career and her baby. Probably if she pays him enough and promises him a hefty share of her future earnings, he will let her go.

Wog Boy Says:

Put it this way, you might be well right about him, but at the end of the day if was ultimately her decision at the peak of her career to (at 25 years of age 5) to have a baby after very short relationship at that is my point, very immature from her and I not surprised at all knowing her erratic behavior and previous relationships.

For the second part you are very wrong, nothing to do with male chauvinism, but fathers legal rights, he had legitimate suspicions that she might return to Belorussia and he won’t be able to see his child, enough reason to start custody battle and put ban on her leaving America with a child, she can travel but child has to stay in America, I guess it is duty of America to protect its citizens, and its not only him but child is too American citizen, Vika is not.
Now, that’s what I found on internet since we started this conversation, sounds pretty convincing to me, particularly since I heard that she hired most expensive Israely lawyer to represent her (I thought America has enough top range lawyers;), I bet he can’t afford such expensive lawyer.

t4t Says:

Good for Vika, I hope she wins. I know another non us citizen with a husband and child Us citizens. Father wouldn’t let the child leave USA. US courts favor US citizens. They probably think other countries have no law. Anyway she used to cry everyday. She did not have money to fight in US but some pro bono lawyers helped her and eventually after 10 years she got her child who was then 13. They are living happily in the other country. Father has remarried and has other children and ex wife permits father and son to visit each other as often as they want. There is no reason to separate a mom from her baby. Worst kind of cruelty. Your conclusion is not correct. Vika will play tennis so obviously she would be travelling all over the world. It is not as if the child won’t get out of Belarussia.

t4t Says:

Clearly the man is angling to get money out of Vika by claiming that if the child leaves US he will lose the child. Does anyone seriously believe Vika is so determined to deprive the father that she won’t even play in the US to avoid US law?

Wog Boy Says:

I can give you countless examples of mothers exercising some sort of revenge and stopping fathers from seeing children, selfishly damaging wellbeing of their own children.
We don’t know what happened between two of them just few months after birth of their child, if Vika was so immature to do what she did why don’t expect her to do even worse, he knows what she is capable of better than two of us, we are just speculating.

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