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Zheng Jie
Zheng Jie US Open 08-E1.jpg
Nickname(s) Zhingy, Little Jie
Country  People's Republic of China
Residence Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Date of birth 5 July 1983 (1983-07-05) (age 26)
Place of birth Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 4+12 in)
Weight 57 kg (130 lb; 9.0 st)
Turned pro 16 January 2003
Plays Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money US $2,690,931
Singles
Career record 267–155
Career titles 3 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 15 (18 May 2009)
Current ranking No. 23 (8 March 2010)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open SF (2010)
French Open 4R (2004)
Wimbledon SF (2008)
US Open 3R (2008, 2009)
Doubles
Career record 281–121
Career titles 12 WTA, 16 ITF
Highest ranking No. 3 (10 July 2006)
Australian Open W (2006)
French Open SF (2006)
Wimbledon W (2006)
US Open QF (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
Last updated on: August 10, 2009.
Medal record
Women's Tennis
Olympic Games
Bronze Beijing 2008 Doubles
Asian Games
Gold 2006 Doha Singles
Gold 2006 Doha Doubles

Zheng Jie (simplified Chinese: 郑洁traditional Chinese: 鄭潔pinyin: Zhèng Jié, Mandarin pronunciation: [tʂəŋ˥˩ tɕjɛ˧˥]; born 5 July 1983 in Chengdu, Sichuan) is a Chinese professional tennis player. Her career high ranking is World No. 15 which she achieved on May 18, 2009.

Zheng is one of the most successful tennis players in China's history. She has won three WTA singles titles at Hobart in 2005 and Estoril and Stockholm in 2006. She has also won eleven doubles titles with Yan Zi including Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2006 and she reached a career high ranking of World No. 3. Zheng has reached the singles semi-finals at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first Chinese player to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam, and at the 2010 Australian Open. She also won the bronze medal in doubles with Yan Zi at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was the first Chinese player to defeat a World No. 1 (by defeating Ana Ivanovic at Wimbledon in 2008) as well as the first Chinese player to reach the top 15. As of February, 2010, Zheng is ranked World No. 20 in singles and No. 22 in doubles.

During the 2010 Australian Open, Zheng and compatriot Li Na made history for becoming the first two Chinese players to reach the top four of a Grand Slam tournament simultaneously.[1]

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Personal life

At Wimbledon in 2008, Zheng gained recognition when she became the first Chinese player ever to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament, defeating World No. 1 Ana Ivanović en route.[2] She donated her winnings to the victims of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake in her native province.

Zheng was coached by Jiang Hong Wei, China's national women's tennis team head coach, but she is now coached by her husband Zhang Yu, who is also her hitting partner. Zheng is on the advisory staff of Yonex and uses their rackets. She wears clothing by Anta and appears in their advertising campaigns.

Playing style

Zheng's game is characterized by consistent tennis. Her shots are very well placed and can be quite deep in the court, making Zheng a defensive counterpuncher. Zheng has good foot speed which allows her to keep points in play that normally would be winners. Having played many years in doubles, Zheng is also a comfortable net player. Zheng has powerful ground strokes that are often deep enough to push opponents off the baseline. Zheng's best shot is her backhand. Zheng's main weakness is her serve, however she is sometimes able to neutralize her weak serve with her quickness or by serving to the body or the opponent's weaker groundstroke.

Singles career

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2002

In May 2002, she won two successive $25,000 ITF singles tournaments, at Shanghai and Tianjin, right after reaching her first $50,000 tournament quarterfinal, at Fukuoka, Japan.[3] That September, she gained direct entry into a WTA tournament at Shanghai, and reached Round Two before losing to Anna Kournikova.[2] She ended the year as World No. 183.[4]

2003

In 2003, she qualified for Hyderabad and took a love set against Mary Pierce in the main draw first round, only to lose the match in three sets. She also qualified for Doha, but then lost to Lina Krasnoroutskaya.[5]

Later in the year, she defeated Nuria Llagostera Vives in the first round of a $25,000 ITF tournament, Alyona Bondarenko in the first round of qualifying for Palermo, and Maria Elena Camerin at another $50,000 ITF event in July, where she reached the quarterfinal; but it was in August at Bronx that she won her first $50,000 tournament, beating a cast of future stars in the forms of Shenay Perry, Jamea Jackson, Akiko Morigami, Adriana Serra Zanetti and (in the final) Maria Kirilenko to this end.[5]

Although Kirilenko avenged this defeat in qualifying at the US Open, Zheng proceeded to qualify for Bali in September with crushing victories over Yan Zi and Yuka Yoshida, then vanquished Flavia Pennetta 6–3 6–2 in the first round of the main draw before bowing out to Tamarine Tanasugarn.[5]

However, the very next month she defeated Tanasugarn at the Japan Open,[5] where she reached her first WTA semifinal before losing to Maria Sharapova.[2]

At the end of October, she reached another WTA quarterfinal at Quebec City with a second-round win over Antonella Serra Zanetti[5] before losing in three sets to Laura Granville.[2]

In December, she was a losing finalist at two successive $50,000 tournaments, falling in three sets to countrywoman Peng Shuai at Changsha (after victories over Sesil Karatantcheva, Camille Pin and Aiko Nakamura)[5] and, also in three sets, to the same Sesil Karatantcheva (after beating Sun Tiantian in the semifinal) at Shenzhen.[5] These impressive results catapulted Zheng into the World Top 100, bringing her a year-end ranking of 93.[4]

2004

The following year brought further improvements in her singles results. She reached the quarterfinals at Hyderabad and Doha (where she comfortably beat Jelena Dokić in Round Two),[6] and the second round at Miami and Vienna (where she beat Lisa Raymond).[6] Then at the French Open, playing only her second Grand Slam singles main draw (after gaining direct entry to the Australian Open but losing in the first round), she defeated Dally Randriantefy, Émilie Loit, and Tathiana Garbin in succession to reach the fourth round, where she lost to Paola Suárez.[7] She was the first Chinese women to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam.[2]

At the Olympics in Athens, she lost her first round match to Ai Sugiyama.[8] In September, she won a $25,000 ITF tournament at Beijing, defeating Yan Zi in the semifinal and Li Na in the final.[6] She later made it to the finals in a $50,000 tournament in Shenzhen, before losing to fellow countrywomen Peng Shuai.[6] Zheng ended the year world-ranked 67.[4]

2005

Zheng Jie at the first round of Australian Open 2005.

In 2005, she began the year with a flourish by capturing her first WTA singles title at Hobart,[4] after wins over some highly capable players, namely Mariana Díaz-Oliva, Shinobu Asagoe, Klara Koukalová, Li Na and Gisela Dulko.[9]

She qualified for Dubai with wins over Sandra Kleinová, Maria-Elena Camerin and Virginia Ruano-Pascual, and went on to defeat Anabel Medina Garrigues in the main draw before succumbing to Lindsay Davenport.[9] Dulko gained her revenge in the quarterfinal at Estoril in April.[9]

But Zheng remained in fine form, and reached the her second WTA final at Rabat, Morocco in May, losing to Nuria Llagostera Vives[4] after wins over Catalina Castaño, Maureen Drake and Tathiana Garbin,[9] followed by a walk-over against Na Li who had to retire at 3–3 from an ankle sprain.[citation needed]

A three-set loss to Francesca Schiavone in the first round of the French Open prevented Zheng from defending her ranking points accrued there the previous year.[9] But she recovered to record several more impressive results in August, reaching the second round at Los Angeles by again beating Shinobu Asagoe, the Canadian Open quarterfinal (with wins over Maria-Emilia Salerni and Ai Sugiyama), and another quarterfinal at New Haven (after defeating Katarina Srebotnik and Émilie Loit in qualifying, and Jamea Jackson in the main draw, though she was assisted by entering the tournament with a first-round bye and as a lucky loser in the final-round of qualifying to Jelena Kostanić).[9]

At the end of the month, she advanced to the second round at the US Open by defeating Iveta Benešová.[9] Further impressive first-round wins in September over Maria Vento-Kabchi (at Bali) and Jelena Janković (at Beijing) could not be consolidated on in subsequent rounds of the respective tournaments;[9] but at Guangzhou, the last tournament she would play all year, she reached the semifinal with wins over Carly Gullickson, Jamea Jackson and Maria Kirilenko,[9] before suffering her second loss of the year to Nuria Llagostera Vives.[4] This string of results lifted her to a career-high world ranking of 42 in early October 2005.[2]

2006

2006 started poorly for Zheng in singles, with a string of six[10] successive first-round losses dipping her ranking to World No. 56 by the end of February. However, after a first round loss in Indian Wells, her 2006 singles breakthrough came at Key Biscayne, Florida where she reached the quarterfinals with wins over Nathalie Dechy and Anna-Lena Grönefeld before falling to Tatiana Golovin.[10]

Zheng's new found confidence earned a title at her next tournament in Estoril, where she defeated top-seeded Flavia Pennetta en route to the final[10] before a victory over compatriot Na Li whom was forced to retire at one set each.[4] In Strasbourg, Zheng displayed yet reached the quarterfinals where she lost to second-seeded Czech Nicole Vaidišová.[10]

In August, Zheng won the tournament in Stockholm without dropping a set. In the final, she defeated the top seed and former World No. 2 Anastasia Myskina. A knee injury hampered Zheng's singles progess towards the end of 2006. Her US Open ended in a second round defeat to Anastassia Rodionova and her last competitive match of the season saw her worst loss in terms of rankings, where she fell in the second round of Zurich qualifying to World No. 139 Joanna Sacowicz of Poland.[11]

However, in December, Zheng took part in the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. After a surprising first round loss in the team event, she went into the singles competition as the second seed. She ended up winning the gold medal, with victories over Shikha Uberoi, Chan Yung-jan, Aiko Nakamura and Sania Mirza. She also took gold in doubles with partner Yan Zi, defeating Yung Jan Chan and Chuang Chia-jung of Chinese Taipei. To end 2006, Zheng won the Chinese National Championships, with a three set victory over her doubles partner in the final.

2007

2007 started well for Zheng, where she reached a second Hobart quarterfinal before losing to eventual champion Anna Chakvetadze.[2]

Zheng Jie at the 2007 Australian Open.

At the Australian Open, Zheng put in an extremely disappointing performance, losing to then 97th ranked Julia Schruff of Germany after holding match point on more than one occasion.[12] In doubles, her title defense with Yan Zi ended in the semifinals with a defeat to Yung Jan Chan and Chia Jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei - the same partnership which they managed to defeat in the final of the Doha Asian Games just 1 month previously.

Zheng competed in the both the singles and doubles (with Yan Zi) of the French Open. At the beginning of the tournament, she sustained an ankle injury, hampering her performance. She was knocked out in the first round of the singles competition by Timea Bacsinszky, and also lost in the first round in the doubles portion.[12]

The ankle injury sustained at the French Open ruled her out of Wimbledon to defend her doubles title. She withdrew from all events for the rest of the year because of the ankle injury.[2] Her ranking suffered as a result, ending the year ranked World No. 163.[4]

2008

Zheng Jie's return to the tour was successful; in singles, she won two qualifying matches in Gold Coast before losing to Alisa Kleybanova.[13] In doubles, she and Zi Yan reached the final, only to lose to the third seeds, Safina and Szávay. However, in Sydney, the duo won the title, beating second seeds Sugiyama and Srebotnik and reigning US Open champions Dechy and Safina along the way. At the Australian Open, the duo made it to the seminfinals, beating the Williams sisters along the way, before losing to the 12th seeds Peer and Azarenka.

Zheng qualified for the main draw of the French Open, and then reached the third round before losing to Russia's Dinara Safina 6–2, 7–5.[13]

Zheng's breakthrough in women's tennis occurred at Wimbledon. Despite only being ranked World No. 133, Zheng was given a wild card into the main draw. In the third round, she defeated the first seed and World No. 1 Ana Ivanović. This was her first victory against a top 10 player.[14] Zheng then beat Ágnes Szávay of Hungary, the 15th seed, in the fourth round, and 18th-seeded Nicole Vaidišová of the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. This made Zheng the first Chinese women's tennis player ever to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament. She also became the first wild card to reach the semifinals of the women's singles at Wimbledon.[15] In the semifinals, Zheng lost to two-time Wimbledon champion and former World No. 1 Serena Williams. Zheng's strong Wimbledon performance elevated her ranking from World No. 133 to World No. 40.

She donated her prize money from the tournament and spent time helping the victims and post-reconstruction effort of the 12 May earthquake that killed nearly 70,000 people and left 5 to 10 million homeless in her home province Sichuan.[16] She did the same with her French Open prize money earlier in the year.[17]

In August 2008, Zheng competed for China in both singles and doubles at the Beijing Olympics.[18] In the singles portion, Zheng made it to the third round before losing to sixth-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia, who eventually won the singles silver medal. Zheng had better results in doubles with her partner Yan Zi, where they were seeded eighth. After losing in the semifinals to the fourth-seeded Spanish team of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual for a spot in the gold medal final, they won the bronze medal match against the Ukrainian sisters team of Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko. This was the second Olympics tennis medal ever won by China.

After the Olympics, Zheng entered the US Open. She advanced to the third round before losing to second-seeded Jelena Janković of Serbia.[19]

Zheng was seeded third in the Tier III Guangzhou International Open held in September and made it to the semifinals before losing to top-seeded Vera Zvonareva.

Ranked World No. 30, Zheng returned in September to Beijing for the China Open Tier II tournament. She advanced to the semifinals before losing to World No. 7 and fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, 7-6(3), 7-5.[20] Based on her strong China Open performance, Zheng became Asia's highest ranked women's singles player at World No. 26, her highest to-date career WTA singles ranking.[4] She later reached World No. 23 on 20 October 2008.

In March 2009, Zheng was awarded the WTA Tour "Comeback of the Year" Award for 2008, as she "rebounded from an injury-marred 2007".

2009

Seeded 4th at the Moorilla Hobart International, Zheng defeated Marina Erakovic 6-1 4-6 6-1 in the first round. However, she was defeated by Gielsa Dulko 6-3 6-3 in the second round, after which all of the tournament seeds were eliminated.

In January at the Australian Open, Zheng was seeded 22nd in women's singles. She defeated unseeded Camille Pin of France 6-3, 6-3 in the first round, unseeded Melinda Czink of Hungary 7-6 (7-0), 5-7, 6-3 in the second round, and unseeded Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-2, 6-2 in the third round. The next day, she and her partner Yan Zi were eliminated from the doubles competition in the third round, with a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. In her women's singles fourth round match against 8th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, Zheng trailed 1-4 in the opening set, but was forced to retire with a left wrist injury after hitting the court while reaching for a ball. This was the furthest that Zheng progressed at women's singles at this tournament in her career.

Zheng was forced to withdraw from China's first round Fed Cup tie with Russia due to the aforementioned injury. The team was also without a replacement for Zheng, and this meant China's campaign was to be led by Yan Zi, the-then World No. 119. China ended up losing to Russia, the defending champions, 5-0.

Zheng returned to action at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, crushing qualifier Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 6-1. She reached the third round after defeating Samantha Stosur 3-6 7-5 7-5, where she lost to World No. 1 Serena Williams, 6-4 6-2. She and her partner, Yan Zi, lost in the first round in doubles to the Bondarenko sisters.

Seeded 4th at the 2009 Monterrey Open, she beat wildcard Urszula Radwańska of Poland 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour in the first round. She then defeated unseeded Hungarian Melinda Czink 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals, where she faced seventh seed Gisela Dulko of Argentina. She easily beat her 6-3, 6-2. In the semifinals, she then lost to second seed Marion Bartoli with the score of 7-5, 6-3, despite serving for the first set at 5-4, because of her strong performance in the tournament she rose up to world no. 17, her highest so far in the tour.

Seeded 15th at the BNP Paribas Open and receiving a bye in the first round, she lost to unseeded Vera Dushevina of Russia in the second round 6-2, 6-2.

Zheng was seeded 17th at the Sony Ericsson Open. In the second round, she defeated Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-2. In the third round, Zheng had an impressive performance defeating world No. 14 Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-0. In the fourth round Zheng pushed world No. 1 Serena Williams but eventually lost to Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in a two hour ten minute match in which Zheng had a 2-0 lead in the third set. Zheng's strong performance helped her to reach world No. 16, the highest ranking ever by a Chinese tennis player. Li Na had also reached world No. 16 in 2007.

At the Rome Masters, Zheng lost to World No. 1 Dinara Safina in a tough three setter in the third round, 5-7, 6-1, 7-6. At the Madrid Masters, Zheng fell to Amelie Mauresmo in the second round. Despite the loss, on May 18, Zheng became the highest-ranked Chinese player in history, at No. 15.

At the 2009 French Open, Zheng (seeded 15th) progressed to the second round by defeating Frenchwoman Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-1 6-3. In the second round, she was defeated by Michelle Larcher de Brito in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

At the 2009 AEGON Classic at Birmingham, the first tournament on grass, Zheng was the top seed but lost to the eventual champion Magdalena Rybarikova in the third round 7-6, 6-4. Zheng was unseeded at the 2009 AEGON International. She defeated Carla Suarez Navarro in the first round 6-2, 6-2. but lost in the second round to Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Zheng Jie at the 2009 US Open.

She was seeded 16th at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, Zheng defeated Kristina Barrois 7-6, 7-6 in a tough match but was upset by Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 7-5 in the second round. As she was unable to defend her ranking points from the previous year, Zheng's ranking fell out of the top twenty to World No. 24.

Zheng's next tournament was the LA Women's Tennis Championships as part of her US Open Series Campaign. In the first round, Zheng who was seeded 14, defeated Olga Savchuk 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. She then defeated Elena Vesnina, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. In the Third round, she listed her second win over a World No. 1, defeating Dinara Safina 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. She then fell to 13th seed Samantha Stosur 6-4, 3-6, 4-6. In Cincinnati, Zheng lost to Sybille Bammer in the first round, 6-2 4-6 6-2. However, in Toronto, Zheng swept past Vesnina once again in the first round (6-3 6-2) before claiming another Top 10 win by defeating eight seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second, 7-5 6-3. Zheng was defeated 7-6, 6-4 by Lucie Safarova in the third round.

At the 2009 US Open, Zheng, who was seeded 21, defeated unseeded Anna-Lena Grönefeld 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. She then came back from a set down to beat Alize Cornet in the 2nd round, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Zheng lost in the third round to the number 13 seed Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-1.

Zheng's form dipped towards the end of the season. She withdrew from her next tournament in Guangzhou due to a left wrist injury. Zheng entrered the 2009 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. In the first round she beat qualifier Sania Mirza of India 5-7 6-2 6-3 but was thrashed in the second round to Victoria Azarenka, the World No. 9, 6-1, 6-1. Her final tournament of the year was the 2009 China Open where she lost for the second consecutive year to Svetlana Kuznetsova, but this time in the first round.

Zheng ended the year with a 28-22 singles record and she finished the year ranked World No. 36.

2010

Zheng first competed at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic, a team exhibition tournament. As captain of Team Asia-Pacific, Zheng was defeated by former World No. 1's Maria Sharapova, 6-7 6-4 6-2, and Venus Williams, 6-3 6-2.

Zheng began her tour season at the Moorilla Hobart International, where she was the seventh seed. In the first round, Zheng faced Kaia Kanepi. In a match lasting over two-and-a-half hours, Zheng outclassed her opponent 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4). In the second round, Zheng faced her compatriot, Peng Shuai. Zheng finished her opponent off quickly, defeating Peng by 6-2, 6-1. Zheng was defeated by eventual tournament champion Alona Bondarenko, 7-5 7-5, in the quarterfinals.

Zheng was unseeded at the 2010 Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year. She found herself in trouble in the first round against Peng Shuai, but came back from being bageled in the first set to win 0-6, 6-1, 6-2. In the second round, she defeated the 24th seed Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. In the third round she had another great win over the World No. 11 Marion Bartoli in another three setter. Zheng lost the first set 5-7 but recovered to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-0. In the fourth round she played 31st seed Alona Bondarenko. Avenging her loss to Bondarenko in Hobart, Zheng fought hard to win 7-6(5), 6-4. Zheng then made Australian open history by becoming the first Chinese player to reach an Australian Open semifinal when she took out unseeded Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-3 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-final match, she lost to former World No.1 and 2004 champion Justine Henin.

Zheng next competed at the Dubai Tennis Championships as the sixteenth seed, but was upset in the first round by Alicia Molik in three sets. Next competing at the first-ever Malaysian Open, Zheng reached the second round as the third seed, where she was heavily defeated by Chang Kai-Chen. However, Zheng won the doubles title at the event with Yung-jan Chan, defeating Anastasia and Arina Rodionova in a championship tie-break.

Zheng next competed at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, where she was seeded eighteenth and had a first round bye; Zheng defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-3 7-5 in the second round and defeated Maria Sharapova in the third, prevailing 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. In the fourth round she avenged her loss to Alicia Molik in Dubai by beating the Australian 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(1), however Zheng lost to Danish second-seed Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-4, 1-6 in the quarterfinals. In doubles, Zheng and Chan have successfully reached the semifinals of the tournament, defeating the top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber 7-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

Doubles career

The highlights of her doubles career to date have been her two Grand Slam tournament victories in 2006, detailed below:

Australian Open 2006

Partner: People's Republic of China Yan Zi
Round Opponents Score Notes
First Round Russia Evgenia Linetskaya / Russia Galina Voskoboeva 6–1, 6–0
Second Round Spain Lourdes Domínguez Lino / Spain Maria Sánchez Lorenzo 6–4, 6–0
Third Round Russia Elena Dementieva / Italy Flavia Pennetta [7] 6–1, 6–2
Quarterfinal Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual / Argentina Paola Suárez [4] 4–6, 7–5, 6–1 Saved three match points.
Semifinal Japan Shinobu Asagoe / Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik [9] 6–2, 7–6(2)
Final United States Lisa Raymond / Australia Samantha Stosur [1] 2–6, 7–6(7), 6–3 Saved two championship points in the second set tiebreak, and needing only a single championship point of their own to claim the title.

Wimbledon 2006

At Wimbledon, Zheng and Max Mirnyi, seeded two, reached the semifinals of the Mixed Doubles, where they were beaten by Bob Bryan and Venus Williams (who were unseeded), 7–5, 7–5. She triumphed in women's doubles with Yan Zi over Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez 6–3, 3–6, 6–2, capturing China's first Wimbledon title. With her win, she became the first Chinese tennis player to amass over 1 million dollars in career earnings.[2] Their route to the final was so:

Partner: People's Republic of China Yan Zi
Round Opponents Score Notes
First Round Hungary Melinda Czink / United States Vania King 6–3, 6–1
Second Round Slovenia Janette Husárová / Russia Vera Zvonareva 6–0, 7–6 (4)
Third Round Italy Maria Elena Camerin / Italy Tathiana Garbin 4–6, 6–2, 6–0
Quarterfinals South Africa Liezel Huber / United States Martina Navratilova [7] 4–6, 6–4, 6–0
Semifinals Zimbabwe Cara Black / Australia Rennae Stubbs [2] 6–2, 7–6 (3)
Final Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual / Argentina Paola Suárez 6–3, 3–6, 6–2

Career finals

Singles: 4 (3-1)

Wins (3)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tour Championships (0)
Tier I Event (0)
Tier II Event (0)
Tier III Event (0)
Tier IV/V Event (3)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 14 January 2005 Hobart, Australia Hard Argentina Gisela Dulko 6–2, 6–0
2. 7 May 2006 Estoril, Portugal Clay People's Republic of China Li Na 6–7(5), 7–5, retired
3. 13 August 2006 Stockholm, Sweden Hard Russia Anastasia Myskina 6–4, 6–1
Runner-ups (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 2 May 2005 Rabat, Morocco Clay Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives 6–4, 6–2

Doubles wins (12)

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam (2)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (2) Premier Mandatory (0)
Tier II (2) Premier 5 (0)
Tier III (2) Premier (0)
Tier IV & V (3) International (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1. 14 January 2005 Hobart, Australia Hard People's Republic of China Yan Zi Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues &
Russia Dinara Safina
6–4, 7–5
2. 12 February 2005 Hyderabad, India Hard People's Republic of China Yan Zi People's Republic of China Li Ting &
People's Republic of China Sun Tiantian
6–4 6–1
3. 28 January 2006 Australian Open, Australia Hard People's Republic of China Yan Zi United States Lisa Raymond &
Australia Samantha Stosur
2–6 7–6(7) 6–3
4. 14 May 2006 Berlin, Germany Clay People's Republic of China Yan Zi Russia Elena Dementieva &
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–2 6–3
5. 21 May 2006 Rabat, Morocco Clay People's Republic of China Yan Zi United States Ashley Harkleroad &
United States Bethanie Mattek
6–1 6–3
6. 24 June 2006 s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass People's Republic of China Yan Zi Serbia Ana Ivanović &
Russia Maria Kirilenko
3–6 6–2 6–2
7. 8 July 2006 Wimbledon, Great Britain Grass People's Republic of China Yan Zi Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual &
Argentina Paola Suárez
6–3 3–6 6–2
8. 26 August 2006 New Haven, USA Hard People's Republic of China Yan Zi United States Lisa Raymond &
Australia Samantha Stosur
6–4 6–2
9. 15 April 2007 Charleston, USA Clay People's Republic of China Yan Zi People's Republic of China Peng Shuai &
People's Republic of China Sun Tiantian
7–5 6–0
10. 26 May 2007 Strasbourg, France Clay People's Republic of China Yan Zi Australia Alicia Molik &
People's Republic of China Sun Tiantian
6–3 6–4
11. 11 January 2008 Sydney, Australia Hard People's Republic of China Yan Zi Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis &
Belarus Tatiana Poutchek
6–4 7–6(5)
12. 28 February 2010 Kuala Lumper, Malaysia Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan Australia Anastasia Rodionova &
Russia Arina Rodionova
6-7(4) 6-2 10-7

ITF titles (20)

Singles (4)

  • 2004 : ITF/Beijing 3
  • 2003 : ITF/Bronx
  • 2002 : ITF/Shanghai, ITF/Tianjin 1

Doubles (16)

  • 2005 : ITF/Beijing 1
  • 2004 : ITF/Shenzhen 1
  • 2003 : ITF/Redding, ITF/Gorizia, ITF/Orbetello, ITF/Sedona, ITF/Paducah
  • 2002 : ITF/Hull (w/Sun), ITF/Tipton, ITF/Ho Chi Minh City, ITF/Cagliari, ITF/Taranto, ITF/Maglie, ITF/Shanghai, ITF/Tianjin 1
  • 2001 : ITF/Hohhot

Performance timelines

Singles performance timeline

To help interpret the performance table, the legend below explains what each abbreviation and color coded box represents in the performance timeline.

Terms to know
SR the ratio of the number of singles tournaments
won to the number of those tournaments played
W-L player's Win-Loss record
Performance Table Legend
NH tournament not held in that calendar year A did not participate in the tournament
LQ lost in qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(RR = round robin)
QF advanced to but not past the quarterfinals SF advanced to but not past the semifinals
F advanced to the final, tournament runner-up W won the tournament
NM5 means an event that is neither a Premier Mandatory nor a Premier 5 tournament.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2010 Australian Open.

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career win ratio Career win-loss
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R A 4R SF 0 / 7 8–7
French Open A A A LQ 4R 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 7 12–7
Wimbledon A A A A 1R A 3R A SF 2R 0 / 4 8–4
US Open A A LQ LQ 1R 2R 2R A 3R 3R 0 / 7 8–7
SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 25 N/A
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 3–4 1–3 4–4 0–2 12–3 7–4 5-1 N/A 36–31
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics A Not Held 1R Not Held 3R Not
Held
0 / 2 2–2
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A A A A 1R 2R 3R 2R QF 0 / 5 5–5
Key Biscayne A A A A 2R A QF 2R 4R 4R 0 / 5 10–5
Madrid Not Held 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Beijing Not Held Not Tier I 1R 0 / 1 0–1
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not
Held
Not Tier I 3R 1R 0 / 2 2–2
Rome A A A A LQ A A 1R LQ 3R 0 / 4 2–4
Cincinnati Not Held Not Tier I 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Montréal / Toronto A A A A A 3R 2R A A 3R 0 / 3 7–3
Tokyo A A A A 1R A 1R 2R A 2R 0 / 4 2–4
Former WTA Tier I Tournaments (currently neither Premier Mandatory nor Premier 5 events)
Charleston A A A A 1R A A 3R A NM5 0 / 2 2–2
Moscow A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Doha Not Tier I 1R Not
Held
0 / 1 2–1
Berlin A A A A LQ A 3R 1R A 0 / 3 2–3
Zurich A A A A A A LQ A Not
Tier I
0 / 1 1–2
San Diego Not Tier I A A A A Not
Held
NM5 0 / 0 0–0
Year end ranking 789 457 183 94 79 44 33 163 25 36

Women's doubles performance timeline

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career win ratio Career win-loss
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open - QF 1R W SF SF 3RYZ 1 / 6 20–25
French Open - 1R 3R SF 1R 3R QF 0 / 6 11–17
Wimbledon - 3R - W - 3R 3R 1 / 4 13–16
US Open 1R 2R QF QF - QF QFYZ 0 / 6 13–19
Grand Slam win ratio 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 3 2 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 2 / 22 N/A
Grand Slam win-loss 0–1 6–10 5–8 21–23 4–6 11–15 10–14 N/A 57–77
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH QF NH NH NH SF-BYZ NH 0 / 2
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships - - - SF - - - 0 / 1
WTA Tier I tournaments
Doha1 Not Tier I 2R
Indian Wells - - - 2R QF F
Key Biscayne - QF - 1R QF 1R
Charleston - 1R - - W -
Berlin - QF - W - -
Rome - 1R 1R - - 2R
Montréal / Toronto - - 2R QF -
Tokyo - - - QF SF
Moscow - - - - - -
Former WTA Tier I tournaments
Zurich1 - - - QF - NT1 NT1
San Diego1 NT1 - - - - NT1 NT1
Year-end ranking 74 38 30 3 21 15 24 N/A N/A

YZ = with Yan Zi

Mixed doubles performance timeline

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career win ratio Career win-loss
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open - - - - - - 1RDN - 0 / 1 0 - 1
French Open - - - - 2RMM - SFMB 0 / 2
Wimbledon - - - - SFMM - - 0 / 1
US Open - - - - - - - 0 / 0
Grand Slam win ratio 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 4
Grand Slam win-loss 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0

DN = with Daniel Nestor MB = with Mahesh Bhupathi MM = with Max Mirnyi

Key

  • xR = lost in x round
  • SF = semifinalist
  • QF = quarterfinalist      
  • F = finalist
  • W = won
  • - = did not play
  • NH = not held
  • Qx = lost in round x of qualifying

See also

References

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Lindsay Davenport
WTA Comeback of the year
2008
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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