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Zheng Saisai
Zheng Saisai
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Zheng Saisai at the 2019 Wimbledon
Country (sports) China
ResidenceXi'an, Shaanxi, China
Born (1994-02-05) February 5, 1994 (age 27)
Xi'an, Shaanxi
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2008[1]
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachAlan Ma and Goran To?i?
Prize moneyUS$3,942,243
Singles
Career record320-225 (58.7%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 34 (2 March 2020)
Current rankingNo. 49 (12 April 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2016, 2020)
French Open2R (2021)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US Open2R (2014, 2016, 2017)
Doubles
Career record218-157 (58.1%)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 15 (11 July 2016)
Current rankingNo. 28 (12 April 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2013, 2016)
French OpenF (2019)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US OpenQF (2019)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US Open1R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup11-6 (64.7%)
Medal record
Representing  China
Women's tennis
Asian Games
Silver medal - second place Team Event
Youth Olympic Games
Gold medal - first place Doubles
Silver medal - second place Singles
Last updated on: 12 April 2021.

Zheng Saisai or Zheng Sai-Sai (Chinese: ; born February 5, 1994) is a Chinese tennis player. She has won one WTA singles title at the Premier level 2019 Silicon Valley Classic, four WTA doubles titles, and reached the finals of the 2019 French Open in doubles with her countrywoman Duan Yingying. She has also won three WTA 125K singles and two WTA 125K doubles titles, as well as eleven singles and nine doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.

On 2 March 2020, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 34. On 11 July 2016, she peaked at No. 15 in the doubles rankings.

Playing for China Fed Cup team, Zheng has a win/loss record of 11-6.

Early life and background

Zheng started playing tennis at age eight at tennis academy where mother worked. She stated that her tennis idol growing up was Justine Henin. Her favorite tournaments are Australian Open and Wimbledon. Zheng is coached by Alan Ma (). Her favorite shot is drop shot.

Her father is of Tibetan ethnicity. She also has a Tibetan name, Suodian Zhuoma (Chinese: ?).[2]

Her nickname is 'jaguar', for her footwork and defence.

Professional career

2008-12: ITF & WTA debut, top 100 in doubles

Zheng at the 2010 US Open

Zheng began playing on the ITF Women's Circuit in June 2008, at the age of 14, where, at the $25K Qian Shan, she lost in first round of qualification against her fellow countrywoman, Zhou Xiao. Her first main-draw appearance happened next year, at a $10k event in Jiangmen in February. In July 2009, she played her first ITF singles final and also win the trophy, at the $10K Shenzhen, after defeating Sabina Sharipova in the final. On the same tournament, she also made her doubles debut, but lost in the first round. In July 2010, she won her first ITF doubles title at the $10K Hefei, alongside Tian Ran. During the year, she also won one singles title at the $10K Taipei in October 2010.

In September 2011, Zheng made her WTA Tour debut in both singles and doubles at the Guangzhou International. There she won her first doubles title, partnering Hsieh Su-wei and defeating Chan Chin-wei and Han Xinyun in straight sets. In singles, she lost in the first round. Week later, she debut at the Premier Mandatory-level China Open as a wildcard player only in singles, but lost in the first round. During the year, she also done well at the ITF Tour in doubles, winning $100K Ningbo alongside Tetiana Luzhanska in September 2011, right before she made her WTA debut. As the year passed by, Zheng progress more and more in doubles ranking, starting year as world No. 794 and finished year as world No. 108. In singles, she rosed from No. 670 to No. 276.

At the 2012 French Open, Zheng made her doubles Grand Slam debut and also won her first match there. Later, she had her first attempts to be part of the Grand Slam main-draw in singles, but lost in the qualifications of Wimbledon, and later of US Open. In July 2012, she won her first singles match at the Premier-level Silicon Valley Classic, defeating Ayumi Morita in the first round. For the second year-in-a-row, she played at the China Open as wildcard player, but again lost in the first round. This time she also played in doubles, but lost in the first round. During the season, she progress in singles ranking, entering top 150 for the first time in September 2012 and finished year as world No. 133. In doubles, she debuted in the top 100 in February 2012, then rosed to No. 84 in July, but finished year as world No. 98.

2013-15: Progress, Australian Open semifinal in doubles

Zheng at the 2014 China Open

Zheng had a strong start of the year, reaching Australian Open doubles semifinal as her first significant Grand Slam result. In that semifinal match, she partnered with Varvara Lepchenko and they were defeated by Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua, in straight sets. She still do not shine in singles, but continued with good performances in doubles, reaching later quarterfinal at the French Open, also with Lepchenko, where they were defeated by top-seed Italian duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, in straight sets.[3] In August, she made a bit progress in singles, reaching final of the WTA 125K Suzhou, but lost to Shahar Peer. By the end of the year, in singles, she reached two WTA 125K quarterfinals, in Nanjing and Taipei, while at the both tournaments she reached semifinal in doubles. She also reached semifinal of the international-level Japan Women's Open in doubles. In the doubles ranking, Zheng debut in the top 50 in doubles, getting to place 49 in March, and then rosed to No. 38, that also was her year-end ranking. In singles, she made ups and downs in the rankings, but spend whole year inside top 200. She finished year as world No. 162.

Things get better for Zheng in singles in 2014. She made her Grand Slam main-draw debut in singles, passing qualifications at the US Open and also then winning her first win there. She defeated Stefanie Voegele in the first round, but then lost to Lucie Safarova. She then had success at both WTA Tour and WTA 125K Series. At the WTA Tour, she first reached quarterfinal of the Hong Kong Open and then semifinal of the Tianjin Open, while at the WTA 125K Series, she reached quarterfinals in Suzhou, Ningbo and Taipei. During the year, she reached one final in doubles, at the Malaysian Open in April. On 13 October 2014, she entered top 100 in singles, when she reached world No. 92. Zheng finished 2014 season as the 97th.[4] In doubles, she made ups and downs made spend whole year inside top 100 and finished as world No. 81.

During the year, Zheng made good performances at the ITF Women's Circuit, WTA 125K Series and WTA Tour, both in singles and doubles. Her most valued title of the year was at the Premier-level Silicon Valley Classic in doubles event in August. That was her first final and title from higher-level tournament than International. Along with that, in October she won Tianjin Open, also in doubles. In singles, her most recognized result of the year was in the first week of the year, at the Shenzhen Open, where she reached semifinal. In the second half of the year, she reached two quarterfinals, at the Japan Women's Open and Guangzhou Open. On the WTA 125K Sereis, she reached final of the 125K Dalian in singles, while in doubles there she won title, and also at the 125K Jiangxi. On the ITF Women's Circuit, she won two $75K titles in singles and one in doubles. At the end of the year, she get wildcard to play at the WTA Elite Trophy in singles. She lost both her matches in the round-robin group to Madison Keys and Venus Williams.

2016:

2019: First title in singles, French Open final in doubles

At the French Open, Zheng made her first Grand Slam final appearance with her partner Duan Yingying; they lost against Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, in straight sets.[5] In August, Zheng won her first WTA title at the Silicon Valley Classic where she defeated tenth seeded Aryna Sabalenka.[6]

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# 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; (P#) preliminary 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.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win-loss records.[7]

Singles

Current after the 2021 French Open.

Doubles

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A SF 1R 1R SF 3R A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 8 10-8
French Open 2R QF 2R 2R QF QF 1R F A 2R 0 / 9 18-8
Wimbledon 1R 2R A 1R 1R A A 3R NH 0 / 5 3-5
US Open 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 1R QF A 0 / 8 9-8
Win-Loss 1-3 9-4 2-3 2-4 9-4 6-3 0-2 10-4 0-1 1-1 0 / 30 40-29
National representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 1 1-1
WTA 1000
Dubai / Qatar Open[n 2] A A A A 2R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 0 / 5 1-5
Indian Wells Open A 1R A A 2R A A A NH 0 / 2 1-2
Miami Open A A A 1R SF A A A NH 1R 0 / 3 3-3
Madrid Open A A A A 2R A A A NH QF 0 / 2 3-2
Italian Open A A 2R A 1R QF A A A 2R 0 / 4 4-4
Canadian Open A A A A 1R A A 1R NH 0 / 2 0-2
Cincinnati Open A 1R A A 2R A 1R 1R A 0 / 4 1-4
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open[n 3] A A A 1R 1R A 2R A NH 0 / 3 1-3
China Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 1R 1R NH 0 / 7 0-7

Notes

  1. ^ WTA Tournament of Champions was held from 2009 to 2014, when WTA Elite Trophy replaced it.
  2. ^ a b The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009 to 2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012-2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The two tournaments have since alternated status every year.
  3. ^ a b In 2014, the Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open.

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2019 French Open Clay China Duan Yingying Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
2-6, 3-6

WTA career finals

Zheng made her WTA Tour debut in 2011. Since then, she has won one singles and three doubles titles, including Premier-level Silicon Valley Classic in 2019 in singles, and in 2015 in doubles. She also finished as a runner-up at the French Open in 2019 alongside Duan Yingying.[8]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 / WTA 1000 (0-0)
Premier / WTA 500 (1-0)
International / WTA 250 (0-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-1)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jul 2018 Jiangxi Open, China International Hard
Win 1-1 Aug 2019 Silicon Valley Classic, U.S. Premier Hard Belarus Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 7-6(7-3)

Doubles: 11 (4 titles, 7 runner-ups)

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-1)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 / WTA 1000 (0-0)
Premier / WTA 500 (1-1)
International / WTA 250 (3-5)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Sep 2011 Guangzhou Open, China International Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
China Han Xinyun
6-2, 6-1
Loss 1-1 Apr 2014 Malaysian Open International Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan Hungary Tímea Babos
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
3-6, 4-6
Loss 1-2 May 2015 Internationaux de Strasbourg, France International Clay Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
China Liang Chen
6-4, 4-6, [10-12]
Win 2-2 Aug 2015 Silicon Valley Classic, U.S. Premier Hard China Xu Yifan Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
6-1, 6-3
Win 3-2 Oct 2015 Tianjin Open, China International Hard China Xu Yifan Croatia Darija Jurak
United States Nicole Melichar
6-2, 3-6, [10-8]
Loss 3-3 Jan 2016 Shenzhen Open, China International Hard China Xu Yifan United States Vania King
Romania Monica Niculescu
1-6, 4-6
Win 4-3 Mar 2019 Mexican Open International Hard Belarus Victoria Azarenka United States Desirae Krawczyk
Mexico Giuliana Olmos
6-1, 6-2
Loss 4-4 Jun 2019 French Open Grand Slam Clay China Duan Yingying Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
2-6, 3-6
Loss 4-5 Jan 2020 Shenzhen Open, China International Hard China Duan Yingying Czech Republic Barbora Krej?íková
Czech Republic Kate?ina Siniaková
2-6, 6-3, [4-10]
Loss 4-6 Feb 2020 Dubai Championships, UAE Premier Hard Czech Republic Barbora Krej?íková Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
5-7, 6-3, [5-10]
Loss 4-7 Mar 2021 Monterrey Open, Mexico WTA 250 Hard United Kingdom Heather Watson United States Caroline Dolehide
United States Asia Muhammad
2-6, 3-6

WTA 125K series finals

Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runner-ups)

Result W-L    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1-0 Aug 2013 Suzhou Open, China Hard Israel Shahar Pe'er 2-6, 6-2, 3-6
Win 1-1 Sep 2015 Dalian Open, China Hard Israel Julia Glushko 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
Win 2-1 Apr 2018 Zhengzhou Open, China Hard China Wang Yafan 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
Loss 2-2 May 2018 Kunming Open, China Clay Russia Irina Khromacheva 6-3, 4-6, 6-7(5)
Win 3-2 Apr 2019 Kunming Open, China Clay China Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-1

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)

Result W-L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Aug 2015 Jiangxi International, China Hard Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
China Wang Yafan
6-3, 4-6, [10-3]
Win 2-0 Sep 2015 Dalian Open, China Hard China Zhang Kailin Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
Croatia Darija Jurak
6-3, 6-4

ITF Circuit finals

Zheng made her ITF Women's Circuit debut in 2008 and since then has won 11 singles and nine doubles titles.[9]

Singles: 19 (11 titles, 8 runner-ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Jul 2009 ITF Shenzhen, China 10,000 Hard Uzbekistan Sabina Sharipova 7-5, 6-4
Loss 1-1 Apr 2010 ITF Ningbo, China 10,000 Hard China Tian Ran 6-2, 6-3
Loss 1-2 Jun 2010 ITF Hefei, China 10,000 Hard China Duan Yingying 6-3, 6-4
Win 2-2 Oct 2010 ITF Taipei, Taiwan 10,000 Hard Hong Kong Zhang Ling 6-3, 6-3
Loss 2-3 Jan 2011 ITF Muzaffarnagar, India 25,000 Grass Slovenia Tadeja Majeri? 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
Loss 2-4 Jan 2011 Burnie International, Australia 25,000 Hard Canada Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-3
Loss 2-5 Apr 2012 ITF Wenshan, China 50,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei 6-3, 6-3
Win 3-5 May 2012 Kurume Cup, Japan 50,000 Grass Australia Monique Adamczak 7-5, 6-2
Win 4-5 Oct 2012 ITF Taipei, Taiwan 25,000 Hard Kazakhstan Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-1
Loss 4-6 Sep 2013 ITF Sanya, China 50,000 Hard Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková 6-3, 6-4
Win 5-6 May 2014 Kunming Open, China 50,000 Clay Serbia Jovana Jak?i? 6-2, 6-3
Win 6-6 Apr 2015 Kangaroo Cup, Japan 75,000 Hard Japan Naomi Osaka 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
Win 7-6 May 2015 Kunming Open, China (2) 75,000 Clay China Han Xinyun 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Loss 7-7 Mar 2017 Zhuhai Open, China 60,000 Hard Czech Republic Denisa Allertová 3-6, 6-2, 4-6
Win 8-7 Apr 2017 Industrial Bank Cup, China 60,000 Hard China Liu Fangzhou 6-2, 6-3
Win 9-7 Apr 2017 Kunming Open, China (3) 100,000+H Clay Kazakhstan Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-4
Win 10-7 Apr 2018 Industrial Bank Cup, China (2) 60,000 Hard China Liu Fangzhou 6-3, 6-1
Win 11-7 Oct 2018 Suzhou Open, China 100,000 Hard Slovakia Jana ?epelová 7-5, 6-1
Loss 11-8 Nov 2018 Shenzhen Open, China 100,000 Hard Serbia Ivana Jorovi? 3-6, 6-2, 4-6

Doubles: 16 (9 titles, 7 runner-ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Jun 2010 ITF Hefei, China 10,000 Hard China Tian Ran China Bai Xi
China Zhang Kailin
6-0, 6-4
Loss 1-1 Oct 2010 ITF Taipei, Taiwan 10,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Juan Ting-fei Chinese Taipei Kao Shao-yuan
China Wang Qiang
6-3, 7-6(2)
Win 2-1 May 2011 ITF Changwon, South Korea 25,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching Japan Yurika Sema
Japan Erika Takao
6-2, 4-6, [11-9]
Loss 2-2 Aug 2011 Beijing Challenger, China 75,000 Hard United States Tetiana Luzhanska Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
6-2, 6-3
Win 3-2 Sep 2011 Ningbo Open, China 100,000 Hard United States Tetiana Luzhanska Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
China Han Xinyun
6-4, 5-7, [10-4]
Loss 3-3 Feb 2012 Launceston International, Australia 25,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Shu-ying Japan Kotomi Takahata
Japan Shuko Aoyama
6-4, 6-4
Win 4-3 Mar 2012 ITF Sanya, China 25,000 Hard Japan Erika Sema China Liang Chen
China Zhou Yimiao
6-2, 6-2
Loss 4-4 Mar 2012 ITF Phuket, Thailand 25,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei Russia Natela Dzalamidze
Russia Marta Sirotkina
4-6, 1-6
Win 5-4 Mar 2012 ITF Phuket, Thailand 25,000 Hard Thailand Noppawan Lertcheewakarn China Sun Shengnan
China Han Xinyun
6-3, 6-3
Win 6-4 May 2012 Kangaroo Cup, Japan 50,000 Hard United States Jessica Pegula Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
Chinese Taipei Hsu Wen-hsin
6-4, 3-6, [10-4]
Loss 6-5 Sep 2012 Ningbo Open, China 100,000 Hard United States Tetiana Luzhanska Japan Shuko Aoyama
Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
2-6, 5-7
Loss 6-6 Apr 2014 ITF Nanning, China 25,000 Hard Hong Kong Zhang Ling China Zhang Kailin
China Han Xinyun
6-7(8), 6-7(3)
Win 7-6 May 2014 ITF Trnava, Slovakia 75,000 Clay Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt Russia Margarita Gasparyan
Russia Evgeniya Rodina
6-4, 6-2
Win 8-6 May 2015 Kunming Open, China 75,000 Hard China Xu Yifan China Yang Zhaoxuan
China Ye Qiuyu
7-5, 6-2
Win 9-6 Jul 2018 Grand Est Open 88, France 100,000 Clay Belgium An-Sophie Mestach India Prarthana Thombare
Netherlands Eva Wacanno
3-6, 6-2, [10-7]
Loss 9-7 Nov 2019 ITF Hua Hin, Thailand 25,000 Hard Hong Kong Ng Kwan-yau Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
Netherlands Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove
2-6, 6-7(5)

Summer Youth Olympic Games

Singles: 1 (1 silver medal)

Result Year Host nation Surface Opponent Score
Silver medal 2010 Singapore Hard Russia Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 2-6, 0-6

Doubles: 1 (1 gold medal)

Result Year Host nation Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold medal 2010 Singapore Hard China Tang Haochen Slovakia Jana ?epelová
Slovakia Chantal ?kamlová
6-4, 3-6, [10-4]

Wins over top 10 players

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2016
1. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová No. 6 Shenzhen Open, China Hard 1R 6-2, ret.
2. Germany Angelique Kerber No. 2 Qatar Open Hard 2R 7-5, 6-1
3. Poland Agnieszka Radwa?ska No. 5 Summer Olympics, Rio Hard 1R 6-4, 7-5
2017
4. Ukraine Elina Svitolina No. 10 Madrid Open, Spain Clay 1R 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-3
2019
5. Belarus Aryna Sabalenka No. 10 Silicon Valley Classic, U.S. Hard F 6-3, 7-6(3)
2020
6. Netherlands Kiki Bertens No. 6 Qatar Open Hard 3R 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

References

  1. ^ "Saisai Zheng". WTA.
  2. ^ http://jingji.sports.cn/ywyl/2015/1106/139264.html
  3. ^ Prakash (June 5, 2013). "Tennis - Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci reach French Open doubles quarter finals". tennis world. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "Zheng Saisai ranking history". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ David Kane (June 9, 2019). "Mladenovic cements No.1 status, claims French Open title with Babos". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ David Kane (August 5, 2019). "'I'm playing my tennis and stopped copying others' - Zheng stumps Sabalenka for first WTA title in San Jose". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "Player & Career overview".
  8. ^ "Zheng Saisai career statistics". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Zheng Saisai". ITF. Retrieved 2021.

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