Yan Zi (tennis)
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Yan Zi Tennis
Yan Zi
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Country (sports) China (2000-2014)
 Hong Kong (2014-2016)
ResidenceHong Kong, China
Born (1984-11-12) 12 November 1984 (age 35)
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned proFebruary 2003
Retired2016
PlaysRight-handed
(two-handed both sides)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,977,871
Singles
Career record199-160 (55.4%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 40 (5 May 2008)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2006)
French Open1R (2006, 2008)
Wimbledon1R (2006, 2007, 2008)
US Open1R (2006, 2007, 2008)
Doubles
Career record375-179 (67.7%)
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 4 (10 July 2006)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2006)
French OpenSF (2006)
WimbledonW (2006)
US OpenQF (2005, 2006, 2008)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic GamesBronze medal.svg Bronze medal (2008)

Yan Zi (Chinese: ; born 12 November 1984) is a retired mainland Chinese-Hong Kong tennis player.

Career summary

In 2005, at the age of 20, Yan Zi won her only WTA Tour singles title at the Guangzhou International Open.[1]

In singles, she first reached the world top 100 in January 2006, achieving a then career-high of world No. 72 that March before failing to defend her breakthrough run of results the previous year and dropping back outside the top 100 that October. Her ranking had slumped to 262 by February 2007 after a year of disappointing results, but her results then picked up again over the rest of 2007; and she regained the top 100 for the first time in ten months after a spectacular run at the Tier I Canada Masters in August, reaching the semifinals before finally being defeated by world No. 1, Justine Henin, in straight sets.[2]

In doubles, her highest ranking is No. 4; she won two Grand Slam titles, partnering with Zheng Jie. While she has been good at doubles, her singles performance has been inconsistent as her form fluctuated. She has winning records against top-10 stars Jelena Jankovi? 2-0, Ana Ivanovic 1-0, and Marion Bartoli 1-0.

In 2014, Yan received Hong Kong citizenship. In April 2016, she became captain of the Hong Kong Fed Cup team. She announced her retirement that year.

Singles career in detail

2002-2003

Until January 2002, Yan met with mixed results as a singles player in the lower reaches of the ITF tournament hierarchy. But that month, she reached the final of a $10k event at Hull, losing to Liu Nannan. In May, she avenged this defeat with a win over Liu in the first round of a $50k at Fukuoka; and again in August she defeated Liu, this time in the quarterfinal of a $25k tournament at Beijing, only to lose to Rika Fujiwara in the semifinal. In September, she qualified for the WTA Tour contest at Shanghai, only to lose in the first round. However, she had reached numerous ITF Circuit quarterfinals during the year, and finished it ranked for the first time inside the world top 300, at No. 299.

In February 2003, she narrowly failed to qualify at Hyderabad, losing to Maria Kirilenko in a tight three-set match in the final round of qualifying. She put in her career-best performance to date at Fukuoka, reaching the semifinal with wins over Rika Fujiwara and Sun Tiantian, before losing to Saori Obata despite winning more games, the scoreline standing at 6-2, 6-7, 5-7. In July, she qualified for a WTA event at Palermo by defeating Zheng Jie and Ivana Abramovi?, then fell in the main-draw first round to Italian rising star Francesca Schiavone in another three-setter in which she won more games than her victorious opponent, the scoreline this time being 6-0, 4-6, 3-6. These defeats suggest that she quickly runs out of steam after giving it all in the first set, thereby allowing her opponent to regroup and eventually pocket the contest. The same week, she defeated Sun Tiantian to qualify for a $50k evment at Modena, and in the main draw ousted Yulia Beygelzimer and Adriana Serra Zanetti en route to a quarterfinal loss. In September, she qualified for another WTA event, the Japan Open, and defeated Ashley Harkleroad in round two before losing, on this occasion, to Zheng Jie in the quarterfinals. In December, she reached the semifinal of a $50k tournament for the second time in the year, beating Tzipora Obziler in the quarterfinal at Changsha before losing to another of her prominent countrywomen, Peng Shuai. The following week, she narrowly lost in the quarterfinal of the $50k contest at Shenzhen to future star Sesil Karatantcheva, in three sets. The year had brought great improvement to Yan's singles results, and her year-end ranking correspondingly improved to 179.

2004

Unfortunately, 2004 set back her progress slightly. The year began poorly for her with a string of early losses, although she was ambitiously targeting only WTA events now, raising the bar on the required standard for successful competition. She failed to win a first-round main draw match the entire year, meeting only with moderate success in qualifying rounds; and ultimately the only relief she could find towards salvaging her world ranking was a retreat to ITF Circuit late in the year. She reached the semifinal of a $25k tournament at Beijing in September (losing again to Zheng Jie), and the same stage at Shenzhen (where she shocked by Li Na in the quarterfinals, then lost yet again to Zheng). This late flourish of results was enough to limp her home to a year-end ranking of 248.

2005

In January, 2005, Yan battled her way past three high-quality opponents, Julia Schruff, Shikha Uberoi and Melinda Czink, to qualify for Tennis Gold Coast, an important WTA event, where she was removed by Tatiana Golovin of France. Then in May, she managed to beat Uberoi again after qualifying for Rabat with a win over Sun Tiantian, only to lose to Arantxa Parra Santonja in the second round. Then in June, she surpassed her previous career-best result, reaching the final of a $50k tournament at Beijing with wins over Sun and Zheng, but lost in the final to less-feted countrywoman Li Ting. The following month, as a direct entrant to the WTA event at Modena, she defeated the much higher-ranked Marta Domachowska of Poland before losing a close three-setter to Sanda Mami?. In September, she avenged her defeat by Li Ting to qualify for Bali, only to succumb to her former doubles partner Li Na in round two of the main draw.

On September 26, she began competing in the WTA event at Guangzhou, this year up-rated to Tier III status, and shocked herself by proceeding to win the entire tournament, having previously failed to win even one ITF singles title, and having only once reached the quarter-final stage at any WTA Tour event. To achieve this astonishing outcome, she had to produce some of her best tennis to conquer defending champion Li Na in the quarterfinal, which she finally won 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, after an intense battle. The other matches against worthy opposition looked easy by comparison, as she crushed Marta Domachowska for the loss of just three games in round two, fought past impressive emerging teen star Victoria Azarenka in the semifinal, and was up 6-4, 4-0 against Nuria Llagostera Vives in the final when the Spaniard conceded victory.[1]

A semifinal result in November's $50k Shenzhen tournament capped off what had proved to be a superlative year for Yan, leaving her world-ranked 104, within the direct-entry threshold of Grand Slam events and minor WTA tournaments, and within the qualifying-entry threshold of even the more exclusive WTA fixtures.

2006

Yan Zi during the first round of the 2006 Australian Open

She began the season by narrowly failing to qualify for Tennis Gold Coast, despite wins over Vania King and Shikha Uberoi, as Angela Haynes defeated her in three sets. But she succeeded in qualifying for Sydney with stunning straight-sets victories over Eva Birnerová, Denisa Chládková and Anastasia Yakimova, and beat the high-ranked Anna Chakvetadze in two sets in the main-draw first round before losing a three-set match to Francesca Schiavone, who had to struggle through a nail-bitingly close second-set tiebreak to avoid a straight sets loss to Yan, only to win the final set by a more comfortable margin.

As if these scores were not enough to prove her capability to the wider world, at the Australian Open she knocked out former No. 15 and the previous year's semifinalist, Nathalie Dechy of France, in the first round, she then defeated unseeded Aleksandra Wozniak, before suffering to former No. 19, Sybille Bammer. February brought more disappointing results in singles for Yan, as she lost a three-setter to Emma Laine of Finland at Pattaya, and failed to qualify for Doha and Dubai. But still, her January results and some points picked up in qualifying rounds in February had improved her world ranking to No. 66, just one place behind Li Na.

2007

At the second round of the Canada Masters in Toronto, she upset world No. 4, Ana Ivanovic, with a score of 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour, even as Ivanovic had a rare off day. She then beat Eleni Daniilidou in the third round and 2007's Wimbledon's finalist Marion Bartoli (who retired while trailing 2-6, 0-3) in the quarterfinals. Yan's run was ended in the semifinals by world No. 1, Justine Henin, who showed the door through a straight-sets win over her.[2]

2008

Yan started 2008 poorly, with a first-round loss at the Australian Open to eventual quarterfinalist Venus Williams. However, at the Bangalore Open she upset Maria Kirilenko saving three match points. Afterwards she managed to upset Jelena Jankovi? in a quarterfinal, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, however Jankovi? did struggle with a shoulder injury. She eventually lost to runner-up Patty Schnyder in straight sets and made her top-50 debut afterwards at No. 43.

At the Summer Olympics, Yan and her partner Zheng Jie won the women's doubles bronze medal, defeating the Ukrainian duo of Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko in the bronze medal match.

2009

In January, Yan played qualifying singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles at the Australian Open. In qualifying singles, she was seeded eighth but lost to unseeded Alexandra Panova in the qualifying second round. In women's doubles, she partnered with Zheng Jie and was seeded sixth and lost in the third round. In mixed doubles, she partnered with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and was seeded second and lost in the second round. Because of playing doubles extensively her singles ranking has dropped to where it is hard for her to get into events. She has started playing doubles with Chuang Chia-jung, now because she wants to get out of Zheng's shadow. The choice was more so, though, because she wants to improve her singles ranking.

Olympics

Doubles: 1 bronze medal match (1-0)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Bronze 2008 Beijing Olympics Hard China Zheng Jie Ukraine Alona Bondarenko
Ukraine Kateryna Bondarenko
6-2, 6-2

WTA career finals

Singles: 1 title

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Tier I (0-0)
Tier II (0-0)
Tier III (1-0)
Tier IV & V (0-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 26 September 2005 Guangzhou Open, China Hard Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-4, 4-0 ret.

Doubles: 17 titles, 11 runner-ups

Legend before 2009 Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (2-0)
Tier I (2-1) Premier Mandatory (0-0)
Tier II (2-2) Premier 5 (0-0)
Tier III (6-4) Premier (1-2)
Tier IV & V (3-2) International (1-0)
Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. Jun 2003 Vienna Open, Austria Clay China Zheng Jie China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
3-6, 4-6
Winner 1. Jan 2005 Hobart International, Australia Hard China Zheng Jie Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Russia Dinara Safina
6-4, 7-5
Winner 2. Feb 2005 Hyderabad Open, India Hard China Zheng Jie China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
6-4, 6-1
Runner-up 2. Sep 2005 Bali International, Indonesia Hard China Zheng Jie Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
3-6, 3-6
Runner-up 3. Sep 2005 Beijing Open, China Hard China Zheng Jie Venezuela María Vento-Kabchi
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
2-6, 4-6
Winner 3. Jan 2006 Australian Open Hard China Zheng Jie United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
2-6, 7-6(9-7), 6-3
Loss 4. Feb 2006 Pattaya Open, Thailand Hard China Zheng Jie China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
6-3, 1-6, 6-7(5-7)
Win 4. May 2006 Berlin Open, Germany Clay China Zheng Jie Russia Elena Dementieva
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6-2, 6-3
Win 5. May 2006 Rabat Grand Prix, Morocco Clay China Zheng Jie United States Ashley Harkleroad
United States Bethanie Mattek
6-1, 6-3
Winner 6. Jun 2006 Ordina Open s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass China Zheng Jie Serbia Ana Ivanovic
Russia Maria Kirilenko
3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Winner 7. Jul 2006 Wimbledon Championships Grass China Zheng Jie Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
Argentina Paola Suárez
6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Runner-up 5. Jul 2006 Nordic Light Open, Sweden Hard China Zheng Jie Czech Republic Eva Birnerová
Slovakia Jarmila Gajdo?ová
6-0, 4-6, 2-6
Winner 8. Aug 2006 New Haven Cup, United States Hard China Zheng Jie United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Samantha Stosur
6-4, 6-2
Winner 9. Apr 2007 Charleston Cup, United States Clay China Zheng Jie China Peng Shuai
China Sun Tiantian
7-5, 6-0
Winner 10. May 2007 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Clay China Zheng Jie Australia Alicia Molik
China Sun Tiantian
6-3, 6-4
Winner 11. Sep 2007 Guangzhou International Open, China Hard China Peng Shuai United States Vania King
China Sun Tiantian
6-3, 6-4
Winner 12. Oct 2007 Tokyo Championships, Japan Hard China Sun Tiantian Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
United States Vania King
1-6, 6-2, [10-6]
Winner 13. Oct 2007 Bangkok Open, Thailand Hard China Sun Tiantian Japan Ayumi Morita
Japan Junri Namigata
w/o
Runner-up 6. Jan 2008 Gold Coast Hardcourts, Australia Hard China Zheng Jie Russia Dinara Safina
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
1-6, 2-6
Winner 14. Jan 2008 Sydne Internationaly, Australia Hard China Zheng Jie Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
6-4, 7-6(7-5)
Runner-up 7. Mar 2008 Dubai Championships, United Arab Emirates Hard China Zheng Jie Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
5-7, 2-6
Runner-up 8. Mar 2008 Indian Wells Masters, United States Hard China Zheng Jie Russia Dinara Safina
Russia Elena Vesnina
1-6, 6-1, [8-10]
Winner 15. May 2008 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France Clay Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
6-4, 6-7(3-7), [10-6]
Runner-up 9. Sep 2008 Guangzhou International Open, China Hard China Sun Tiantian Ukraine Mariya Koryttseva
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
6-3, 2-6, [8-10]
Runner-up 10. May 2009 Warsaw Open, Poland Clay China Zheng Jie United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
1-6, 1-6
Winner 16. Aug 2009 Los Angeles Championships, United States Hard Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung Russia Maria Kirilenko
Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska
6-0, 4-6, [10-7]
Winner 17. Apr 2010 Ponte Vedra Championships, United States Clay United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
China Peng Shuai
4-6, 6-4, [10-8]
Runner-up 11. May 2010 Warsaw Open, Poland Clay Zimbabwe Cara Black Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
3-6, 4-6

ITF Circuit finals

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 2 (2 runner-ups)

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 27 January 2002 ITF Hull, United Kingdom Hard (i) China Liu Nannan 1-6, 2-6
Loss 0-2 12 June 2005 ITF Beijing, China Hard China Li Ting 1-6, 3-6

Doubles: 23 (16 titles, 7 runner-ups)

Result W-L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 10 September 2000 ITF Zhejiang, China Hard China Zheng Jie China Chen Yan
China Sun Tiantian
3-6, 5-7
Win 1-1 4 June 2001 ITF Hohhot, China Hard China Zheng Jie China Chen Yan
China Sun Tiantian
6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Win 2-1 3 February 2002 ITF Tipton, United Kingdom Hard (i) China Zheng Jie Netherlands Tessy van de Ven
Netherlands Suzanne van Hartingsveldt
6-1, 6-3
Winner 4. 14 April 2002 ITF Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hard China Zheng Jie Japan Ayami Takase
Japan Remi Tezuka
6-1, 1-6, 6-2
Winner 5. 15 April 2002 ITF Cagliari, Italy Clay China Zheng Jie China Li Na
China Li Ting
6-4, 6-0
Winner 6. 23 April 2002 ITF Taranto, Italy Clay China Zheng Jie Slovakia Eva Fislová
Slovakia Stanislava Hrozenská
6-2, 6-2
Winner 7. 29 April 2002 ITF Maglie, Italy Carpet (i) China Zheng Jie United States Edina Gallovits-Hall
Romania Magda Mihalache
6-4, 6-1
Winner 8. 19 May 2002 ITF Shanghai, China Hard China Zheng Jie China He Chunyan
China Liu Weijuan
6-2, 6-2
Winner 9. 26 May 2002 ITF Tianjin, China Hard (i) China Zheng Jie Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
6-0, 6-4
Runner-up 10. 11 August 2002 ITF Beijing, China Hard China Zheng Jie China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
5-7, 3-6
DNP - 11 March 2003 ITF Fountain Hills, United States Hard China Zheng Jie Australia Alicia Molik
Australia Trudi Musgrave
N/A
Winner 11. 18 March 2003 ITF Redding, United States Hard China Zheng Jie United States Jennifer Hopkins
United States Abigail Spears
7-6(3), 7-6(5)
Winner 12. 16 June 2003 ITF Gorizia, Italy Clay China Zheng Jie China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
7-6(5), 1-6, 6-4
Winner 13. 30 June 2003 ITF Orbetello, Italy Clay China Zheng Jie China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
6-2, 7-5
Winner 14. 19 October 2003 ITF Sedona, United States Clay China Zheng Jie Russia Alina Jidkova
Paraguay Rossana de los Ríos
7-6(2), 7-6(3)
Winner 15. 20 October 2003 ITF Paducah, United States Hard China Zheng Jie South Africa Kim Grant
United States Samantha Reeves
6-2, 6-3
Runner-up 16. 30 November 2003 ITF Changsha, China Hard China Zheng Jie China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
4-6, 2-6
Runner-up 17. 7 December 2003 ITF Shenzhen, China Hard China Zheng Jie China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
3-6, 6-3, 4-6
Winner 18. 26 October 2004 ITF Shenzhen Hard China Zheng Jie Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
6-3, 6-1
Runner-up 19. 7 November 2004 ITF Shenzhen Hard China Zheng Jie Japan Rika Fujiwara
Ukraine Elena Tatarkova
4-6, 6-1, 1-6
Winner 20. 6 June 2005 ITF Beijing, China Hard China Zheng Jie China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
6-1, 7-5
Runner-up 21. 7 August 2005 ITF Washington, United States Clay United States Jennifer Hopkins Ukraine Olena Antypina
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
4-6, 4-6
Winner 22. 13 November 2005 ITF Shenzhen Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
Chinese Taipei Hsu Wen-hsin
6-0, 6-2
Runner-up 23. 10 January 2010 ITF Quanzhou, China Hard Ukraine Yuliya Beygelzimer China Liu Wanting
China Zhou Yimiao
1-6, 2-6

Performance timelines

Singles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Win ratio Career W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A LQ A 2R LQ 1R 0 / 4 1-4
French Open A A A 1R A 1R 0 / 1 0-1
Wimbledon A LQ A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 3 3-3
US Open LQ A LQ 1R 1R 1R 0 / 4 5-4
Grand Slam win ratio 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 12 N/A
GS Win-Loss 0-1 2-2 1-1 1-4 7-3 0-1 N/A 11-12
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH A NH NH NH 0 / 0 0-0
Tier I tournaments
Doha1 Not Tier I 2R 0 / 1 1-1
Indian Wells A A A 1R A 2R 0 / 2 1-2
Miami A 1R A 1R A A 0 / 2 0-2
Charleston A LQ A A A A 0 / 1 0-1
Berlin A 1R A LQ 2R 2R 0 / 4 6-4
Rome A A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 3-2
Toronto/Montréal A A A A SF A 0 / 1 6-1
Tokyo A LQ A A LQ A 0 / 2 4-2
Moscow A A A A A A 0 / 0 0-0
Previous Tier I tournaments
San Diego1 NTI A A A A NH 0 / 0 0-0
Zürich1 A A A LQ A NTI 0 / 1 0-1

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W-L
Australian Open A QF 1R W SF SF 3R QF 2R A 1R 23-8
French Open A 1R 3R SF 1R 3R QF 3R A A A 13-7
Wimbledon A 3R A W QF 3R 3R 2R A A 1R 16-6
US Open 1R 2R QF QF 2R QF QF 2R A A A 15-8
Win-Loss 0-1 6-4 5-3 19-2 8-4 11-4 10-4 7-4 1-1 0-0 0-2 67-29

References

  1. ^ a b "Tennis: Yan Zi Wins First WTA Title in Guangzhou". China Radio International. 2005-10-02. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b "Henin puts paid to Yan Zi's dream run". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 2007-08-19. Retrieved .

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