Serena Williams put an end to Zheng Jie’s Wimbledon run Thursday, winning 6-2 and 7-6 (5). Serena had little trouble with Zheng in the first set, but the second went to a tie break, which Serena started strong, going up 3-0 before Zheng fought back to make it 5-5. Serving the ball and down 5-6, Zheng showed a small crack in her otherwise steely composure when she double faulted into the net, handing victory to Serena, who will face her sister Venus in the final Saturday.
As Zheng Jie leaves competition until August, here’s a look at some of the better pieces that have been done on her over the past few days:
From Wimbledon.org, on why Zheng’s success is not as much of a surprise as you might think: Zheng and the art of ankle maintenance
From the New York Times, on how Zheng’s success makes a case against China’s system of selecting athletes for elite training based on physiological formulas: Chinese Tennis No Longer Overlooks Zheng
From the LA Times: Zheng is fun to watch, but why?
For more on Zheng and other Chinese athletes, check out China Sports Today.