Tennis player Zheng Qinwen makes history as youngest Chinese to reach Grand Slam quarterfinals
China's 20-year-old tennis sensation, Zheng Qinwen, continued to impress at the U.S. Open by defeating the fifth seed, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, with a score of 6-2, 6-4. This victory made her the youngest Chinese player in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam event.
Interestingly, Zheng and Jabeur had faced off once before in Toronto in 2022. In that match, Jabeur had to retire due to abdominal pain after Zheng won the first set 6-1.
In their recent encounter at Flushing Meadows, Zheng dominated the first set, securing a 4-1 lead with flawless net approaches. She also saved a break point in the final game of the set, securing her one-set advantage.
Zheng continued her strong performance in the second set, taking a 5-2 lead. Although she faced a hiccup while serving for the match at 5-3, Zheng eventually sealed the victory after needing three more match points, marking her most outstanding Grand Slam performance to date.
"Right now, I feel just super happy and excited to play in a big stadium and have a really good performance," observed Zheng after her breakthrough. "Ons [Jabeur] is a fantastic player and really tough to beat, and she has a lot of variation in her game.
This victory against a top 10 player was Zheng's fourth in her career and her first at a Grand Slam event since February when she defeated Daria Kasatkina.
Zheng is now the sixth singles player from mainland China to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event, with the last occurrence happening in the 2019 U.S. Open when Wang Qiang achieved the feat. Zheng's remarkable improvement can be attributed, in part, to her new coach, Wim Fissette. She has also claimed her first WTA singles title, entered the top 20, and was named the 2022 Newcomer of the Year by WTA.
In the next round, Zheng faces a tough challenge in the form of second seed and new world No. 1, Aryna Sabalenka, who advanced by defeating Kasatkina 6-1, 6-3. This match will be their first-ever meeting and will undoubtedly test Zheng's mettle in her quest for further success at the U.S. Open.
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