Zheng Jie at the 2010 Australian Open
Zheng Jie (郑洁) continues to plow through the 2010 Australian Open, making her way into the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 vicory over Maria Kirilenko, of Russia. During the match, Zheng used her deep and accurate groundstrokes along with her fast feet to defeat the Russian player who upset Maria Sharapova earlier in the tournament.
This isn’t her first trip to the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament. In 2008, Zheng reached the semifinals of Wimbledon before losing to Serena Williams. Up next for Zheng Jie is Justine Henin of Belgium, who is a former number one player in the world and currently on a remarkable comeback tour. While Henin is favored to win the match, Zheng, who is from Chengdu, will hope to put up a good fight and have the upset of tournament.
As we reported yesterday, Zheng Jie was joined by her countrywoman, Li Na (李娜) from Wuhan, in the quarterfinals. She is scheduled to play Venus Williams for a spot in the final four today.
Photo from Flickr user, kafahr.