Chinese tennis player Wang Qiang has gone viral after winning her first match in the Australian Open on January 18.
Ranked second in China and 102 globally, Wang is one of five Chinese women representing the mainland in Australia this year.
In the first women’s singles round at Melbourne Park’s Hisense Arena, Wang defeated American contestant Sloane Stephens without conceding a set, finishing 6-3, 6-3.
Despite being 65 ranks higher, Stephens took the loss well. “She played a really good match and I wish her well in the future,” the American stated after the game.
Just 24 years old, Wang has big names to live up to. But upon being in the same room as retired champion Li Na at the pre-tournament function, Wang confessed to being too shy to approach the tennis idol for tips: “I’d feel strange walking up to her and asking her ‘Miss, how should I play tomorrow?'”
Having started playing tennis at the age of nine, Wang first officially began touring under the International Tennis Federation in 2007 and has 10 singles and a doubles title under her belt. Her most impressive win to date was in 2013, when she knocked out world number 10 Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of the Malaysian Open.
Wang will next be facing Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam in the Australian Open’s second round. After making her Grand Slam debut at the 2014 US Open but suffering a loss after the first round, hopes are high for Wang to progress further this year.
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