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Jie Zheng through to the 3rd round of the Australian Open…again

January 17, 2013

It’s funny – I noticed a large spike in the webstats yesterday, the culprit being an article I wrote some three years ago about Jie Zheng moving through to the 3rd round of the Australian Open. Well as chance would have it, she’s done it again 🙂

In what local media is calling a choke, Australian favourite Sam Stosur had the match in the palm of her hand, being up 5-2 in the third set. You would think that this would be an almost irreversible lead  – but not so, as she then went on to lose the next 5 games straight, losing the match 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

That’s the good thing about tennis – anything can happen. Even the biggest lead can suddenly turn into a loss when the pressure, physical strain or even weather conditions rear their ugly head. It was a nice mild mid-20’s day in Melbourne yesterday – not so today! Today we’re heading into the top 30’s, and as I type this, the sweat is literally pouring from the hat of poor old Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he does battle with Japan’s Soeda.

In other news, I am heading to the tennis tonight to see Federer play against Nikolay Davydenko. We are absolutely stoked to get Federer – worried that we’d get Tomic whose instead playing this afternoon. When Australian’s get further into the Open, you can almost be assured they’ll be put onto centre court and be televised. Having been to the Open several times in the past few years, each time we were hoping to see Feds while he was still in form. Booyah!

Jie Zheng

Chinese tennis assault!

January 31, 2010

Zheng Jie

The Australian Open concludes today, with the much anticipated battle between world number 1, Roger Federer, taking on UK hopeful, no.5, Andy Murray. While I am sure most of England (who has no problem claiming the Scot as their victory drought breaker) will be behind Murray; personally I’d like to see Federer destroy him.

On another note, the Open has been great for Chinese tennis, in particular Zheng Jie and Li Na, both of which made it to the semi-finals – only to be eliminated in very different ways. Li Na was put up against the veritable mountainous Serena Williams – and one would assume would be drilled accordingly – but not so! Li Na truly took it to the American champion, and while losing, the game could have gone any way.

On the other side of the fence, Zheng Jie (who I had the pleasure of watching last season), came up against Justine Henin – who is newly returned to the game from a some two year ‘finding herself’ period. Making it to the semi’s was likewise a first for Zheng, instantly propelling her to Chinese stardom back home – but unfortunately, unlike comrade Li – Zheng was textbook destroyed, 6-1, 6-0 with what was described as a clinical victory for Henin.

Li Na - Check out those arms...

While in China, many of my students mentioned that they loved the tennis, and I was always only too happy to discuss it with them. It makes me happy to think that these two woman’s tennis players will no doubt be their next heroes. While last year, they might have said Federer was their favourite – this year, I have no doubt that Li  and Zheng are getting honourable mentions.

If there’s one thing about China and sport however, there is no doubt that on the backs of these victories, it could potentially fuel massive funding into developing future tennis stars. China is all about harvesting the glory – and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if within the next ten years, more and more Chinese players appeared on the scene – each seeking their own little slice of cultural pride.

Jie Zheng continues through to 3rd round of Australian Open.

January 23, 2009

My new found interest in this Chinese tennis player continues. While i dont believe it was broadcast, Jie Zheng has in fact beaten her 2nd round opponent Melinda Czink. Being only a mild tennis fan, I have no idea who that was 🙂 Final scores were 7-6(0) 5-7 6-3.

What definitely will be broadcast however is Federer vs Safin on centre court tonight. That should be a cracker of a game. Here’s hoping Federer gets through – a Federer vs Nadal finale would be a classic.

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