Asian Women in Professional Tennis
16.07.2010 16:30 di Marco Rebuglio articolo letto 3229 volte
Fonte: Andre Christopher Smith, 10 NIS 4 ALL blog
As we continue to look at the development of the Asian tennis player we look at one particular player; Zheng Jie. Our continuation into the Asian tennis development has brought us to a player from Sichuan Province of China. A place that overcame the devastation of an earthquake in 2008 with the help of people like Zheng Jie. She donated her winnings from Wimbledon to help her hometown.
Her career has been amazing to say the least in 2000 she played her first ITF circuit event in China, 2001 played first tour qualifying at Shanghai and won one doubles title on the circuit, 2002 played first main draw tour at Shanghai reaching 2nd round to lose to Anna Kournikova, made it to the quarterfinals at Quebec City, reached 2 round twice and fell in the 1st round four times and in the Tour qualifying seven times.
In 2004, she had her Top 100 season and later that year became her Top 50.
In 2005 she had a tough year but she won two Tour doubles titles and one doubles title on the ITF Circuit.
In 2006 she won 47 of 60 doubles matches in with a fairly exclusive partnership with Zi Yan (19 of 20 events). She also became the first Chinese player to earn $1 million in career prize money after her attendance at Wimbledon.
In 2007 she sat out the rest of the season after the French Open/Roland Garros with a left ankle injury.
In 2008 she exploded back to make it to the semi-finals at Wimbledon as a wild card ranked at 133. That year she also competed in Sydney/Olympics to win doubles bronze medal with partner Zi Yan.
In 2009 she had another Top 40 season and set a new Chinese national ranking record of toping the Top 20. She again suffered injury problems with her wrist during various matches and the Fed Cup World Group Play-off against Germany which her team lost.
This year in 2010 she is doing well winning Kuala Lumpur in doubles with partner Chan. As of July 12, 2010 the WTA Tour Rankings as put her statistics as 23 in Singles, 17 in Race Singles, and 20 in Doubles. Her year to date Win-Loss Record for Singles is 18 – 12, and Doubles 20 – 10. Her Year to Date Prize Money earnings is $600,000+ and growing.
Andre Christopher Smith
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