One of the last sports to determine its Olympic matchups, tennis finally held its draw Thursday night at the Swissotel in Beijing. China’s best shot at a tennis medal is on the women’s side where, despite lacking a player among the top 25 in the world, it has the maximum four players, all with the potential to pull off upsets.
Zheng Jie (郑洁), the hottest name in Chinese tennis and the team’s highest ranked player (38), will face Agnes Szavay (14, Hungary) in her first match. The two also played in the fourth round of Wimbledon earlier this year, with Zheng winning 6-3, 6-4.
Li Na 李娜 (43) plays Svetlana Kuznetsova (3, Russia); Peng Shuai 彭帅 (50) will face Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro (55); and Zheng’s doubles partner Yan Zi 晏紫 (52) is matched up with Vera Zvonareva (11, Russia).
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Zheng and Yan are a force in doubles, having won Wimbledon and The Australian Open in 2006. The pair open up against Daniela Hantuchova and Janette Husarova of Slovakia.
On the men’s side, China’s Sun Peng faces Fernando Gonzales of Chile. Yu Xinyuan, who got a spot in the tournament after Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany withdrew due to injury, will play Argentina’s David Nalbandia.
Tennis play begins Sunday, August 10.
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