Chinese tennis player Zheng Jie is making history and showing some Olympic promise with her recent play at Wimbledon. First she shocked tournament top seed, world No. 1 and the sport’s newest “It girl,” Ana Ivanovic in straight sets in the third round. And yesterday, Zheng dispatched Hungary’s Ana Szavay to become the second Chinese woman to make it to the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Zheng won in two sets, 6-3, 6-4, showing the same calm confidence she was praised for after her match with Ivanovic.
Zheng was again the unseeded underdog, this time facing the 15th seeded player. She notched only two aces to Szavay’s five. But she was patient, precise and unflappable, coming back from a 4-1 deficit to win the second set. On the last point of the match, she volleyed her opponent deep into her forehand corner before laying a hard shot to Szavay’s backhand side.
Zheng will play Nicole Vaidisova at 9:00 p.m. Shanghai time. CCTV’s Golf and Tennis Channel is airing games on the mainland.
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