Zhang Shuai (tennis)
January 21, 1989 |
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||US $1,454,309|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 1 WTA 125s, 15 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 30 (July 7, 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 49 (September 29, 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)|
|French Open||1R (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2011, 2014)|
|US Open||1R (2008, 2011, 2014)|
|Career titles||5 WTA, 8 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 29 (April 1, 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 53 (September 29, 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2011)|
|French Open||3R (2012, 2013)|
|US Open||QF (2012)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||2R (2013)|
|Last updated on: September 30, 2014.|
|Competitor for China|
|East Asian Games|
|Silver||2009 Hong Kong||Singles|
|Bronze||2009 Hong Kong||Doubles|
Zhang Shuai (simplified Chinese: 张帅; traditional Chinese: 張帥) (born 21 January 1989 in Tianjin), also known as Serena Zhang, is a Chinese professional female tennis player. As of September 8, 2014[update], she is at World number 49: the fifth ranked women's singles player from the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) and third-highest ranked Chinese women's singles player behind Li Na and Peng Shuai. She is ranked #53 in doubles: the ninth-highest female doubles player from the ATF and the third-highest from China behind Peng and Zheng Jie.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 WTA career finals
- 4 WTA 125 series finals
- 5 ITF Circuit finals
- 6 Performance timelines
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Zhang has enjoyed considerable success in singles on the ITF circuit, having won one $50,000 event, eight $25,000 tournaments and three $10,000 events between 2006 and 2009. As of October 2009, however, she had won only two main draw matches on the WTA circuit. Her peak ranking is World No. 30, achieved in 2014. She won her first WTA singles title at the 2013 Guangzhou International Women's Open as a wildcard entrant.
Zhang started playing tennis at age six.
The Chinese teenager participated in her first ITF event in November 2003 at the age of 14 as a main draw wildcard at the $25,000 tournament at Taizhou, but was heavily defeated by Tomoko Yonemura.
In 2004 she was wildcarded into two further $25,000 events and won her first match on the circuit in the first, at Beijing in May. She also entered qualifying for two $50,000 events towards the end of the year, winning one match in each case.
Starting 2005 with a lowly ranking of World No. 901, she entered ten ITF events at various levels during the year and improved her ranking to World No. 648 by its end. During the year, she successfully battled through qualifying to enter three $25,000 main draws, and won two main draw first round matches at this level, with victories over World No. 292 María José Argeri at Nanjing, China in May, and World No. 271 Sophie Ferguson at Wuxi, China in August.
The new year began with Zhang trying her hand at entry-level $10,000 ITF tournaments, and the move paid dividends as she won her first two tournaments of the year outright to claim the first two titles of her young career, both successes coming at Shenzhen, China. On the back of these breakthroughs, her ranking was propelled upwards to World No. 500.
In March, she qualified successfully for a further $25,000 tournament at Canberra, Australia, before losing in the first round proper.
In May, a wildcard into the main draw of a $50,000 event at Beijing paved the way for her winning her first two matches at this level to reach the quarter-finals, where she lost to former Top 50 player Anikó Kapros. But the very next week, a further wildcard into the main draw of a $25,000 event at Tianjin, China was rewarded by outright tournament victory as she notched up the third title of her career and the first at $25,000 level.
Her ranking having leapt up further to World No. 346 by the middle of June, she battled through qualifying to enter the main draw of another $25,000 event at Changwon, Korea, and then won four further matches to reach the final before losing.
In July, now world-ranked No. 297, she gained direct entry to the main draw of a $25,000 event at Chongqing, China, and reacher her third successive final, defeating World No. 227 Melanie South in the semifinal, before losing to lower-ranked Russian talent Elena Chalova in three sets in the final. The very next week, she reached the semifinal at a $25,000 tournament at Chengdu City, where she faced South again, this time losing to her in two close sets.
In August, her strong form continued, as she reached another $25,000 quarter-final at Changsha early in the month, and then won her second career title at this level at Nanjing three weeks later. In the final week of the month, she entered the $50,000 event at Guangzhou and won one match before losing in the second round.
In September, her ranking having risen dramatically further to World No. 209, she attempted to qualify for the main draw of the $600,000 WTA tournament at Beijing, and took her much higher-ranked opponent, World No. 59 Jelena Kostanić Tošić, to three close sets before losing. A week later, she was wildcarded into the main draw of the $175,000 WTA event at Guangzhou, and took the first set against World No. 26 Anna Chakvetadze before eventually losing in three sets. This promising although ultimately unsuccessful performance would be the last match of an eventful and highly gainful year for the Chinese teen.
In competitive singles, Zhang began the year world ranked No. 203, and despite losing her first three matches of year was propelled upwards into the World Top 200 at No. 200 by random fluctuations in the strength of the field around her by the time of her fourth tournament in mid-February. This position was short-lived as she continued to suffer disappointing results early in the year; but in April she scored one good victory over World No. 159 Lioudmila Skavronskaia, and subsequently, later the same month, took World No. 23 Tathiana Garbin to three sets before losing. A period of unprecedented success on the ITF circuit followed, as she proceeded to win three back-to-back $25,000 titles and then one $50,000 title in China between late April and early June, dropping just two sets in twenty successive matches.
In late June, her ranking having soared from World No. 209 to a career high of World No. 153 on the strength of these successes, she extended her winning streak to 24 matches in a $25,000 event at Noto, Japan before losing in the final to Regina Kulikova whom she had just defeated in straight sets in the finals of both the two previous tournaments she won.
Undeterred, she returned to her winning ways at the next tournament she entered, another $25,000 event at Nagoya, Japan, after facing Kulikova in the final for the fourth tournament in succession. But the next week she lost in the final of a $25,000 event at Miyazaki, Japan, this time to Junri Namigata in straight sets; and a week later, now world-ranked No. 145, she could only reach the quarter-finals of a $25,000 event at Kirume, Japan before this time losing to Australian prospect Sophie Ferguson in three sets.
Nonetheless, once the results from her last tournaments had all been factored in, she reached a fresh career high of World No. 132 on July 23.
Mixed results ensued for the rest of the year, after she was largely unsuccessful in trying her hand at higher-level tournaments, and she ended the year world-ranked a slightly lower No. 155.
Zhang began the new year strongly, recording her first two career Top 100 wins over World No. 79 Jill Craybas and World No. 91 Lilia Osterloh to qualify for the $145,000 WTA event at Auckland in early January, before losing in the first round of the main draw to World No. 90 Aravane Rezaï.
She reached the final round of qualifying for the Australian Open later that month after recording wins over World No. 129 Stéphanie Foretz and World No. 179 Elena Baltacha before losing a three-setter in the qualifying round to World No. 117 Tamarine Tanasugarn. This performance was sufficient to elevate her world ranking to World No. 141, just nine places short of her career best.
A disappointing string of six successive first round losses in straight sets followed, four in events of only $25,000 calibre.
In late May, in the first round of qualifying for the French Open, she defeated World No. 96 Anne Keothavong, but this was a rare success in a bleak spell that saw her ranking plummet to World No. 232 by the middle of July as she failed to defend her several ITF tournament victories from the previous summer.
Her form then showed signs of improvement, as she won three back-to-back matches to qualify for the $175,000 WTA event at Bad Gastein in Austria before losing in the first round proper, and then after taking a month off won through qualifying into the main draw of the US Open by successively defeating Jorgelina Cravero, World No. 107 Stéphanie Dubois, and World No. 137 Melanie South. Although she then lost to World No. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the first round of the main draw her world ranking, which had fallen to No. 243, was boosted slightly to No. 223 by her successes in the qualifying tournament.
She played only two more tournaments that year, both in September. She lost in the first round of the first; but at the second, the $600,000 event at Beijing, she won through qualifying, assisted by the early retirement of her high-ranked second-round opponent World No. 41 Olga Govortsova, before losing an extremely close battle in the first round to World No. 19 Alizé Cornet. The ranking points accrued in her qualification for the main draw were sufficient for her to end the year up slightly again at World No. 212.
This year she did not play in January, and as a consequence her world ranking had fallen to World No. 273 by the start of the following month.
Retreating to $10,000 level ITF events after a four-month break from competitive play, she found herself reaching only the quarter-finals of the first two she entered, losing to much lower-ranked opponents, but won the third outright, defeating rising star Claire Feuerstein in a closely fought three-set final at Lyon, although in the fourth she then proceeded to lose heavily in the second round to fast-rising World No. 460 Elena Chalova.
Raising her level back to $25,000 events in mid-March, she won just one match in two tournaments entered, a win over World No. 229 Stephanie Gehrlein at Tenerife, with losses to experienced opponents in World No. 134 Yvonne Meusburger and former Top 100 star Sanda Mamić following.
She did not play in April, but the month of May brought a return to form as she won her first $25,000 level event since 2007 at Nagano, Japan, although she did not have to face any player ranked in the Top 250 or indeed above her then-current ranking of World No. 262 on the way.
Zhang lost early to unheralded opponents in the next two $25,000 events she entered, but won her second of the year at the end of June in Xiamen, China, defeating World No. 196 Han Xinyun in the semifinals on her way to the title. This success propelled her ranking back upwards to World No. 218.
In August, she was stopped at the semi-final stage of a $25,000 tournament at Quanzhou, China, by a familiar adversary in the form of World No. 165 Sophie Ferguson. Her subsequent attempt to qualify for the second year in succession for the U.S. Open was stopped at the second hurdle in her second loss of the year to Yvonne Meusburger.
In September, she narrowly failed to qualify for two successive $220,000 tournaments, losing in the qualifying round at both Guangzhou and Seoul.
But a remarkable turnaround in her fortunes was just around the corner. After entering the Premier Mandatory event 2009 China Open main draw as a wildcard, world ranked No. 226, she reached the 3rd round by first defeating World No. 33 Iveta Benešová in straight sets, and then upsetting the current World No. 1 Dinara Safina in two close sets. These were her first two victories over any player currently ranked in the Top 75 for reasons other than the early retirement of her opponent, her first two victories over any player currently ranked in the Top 40 for any reason including the retirement of her opponent, and her first two victories over any opponent ranked higher than World No. 196 in 2009. She lost relatively comfortably in the third round to World No. 13 Marion Bartoli.
In beating Safina in this tournament, Zhang also incidentally surpassed the record set by Julie Coin in her defeat of Ana Ivanović in 2008, succeeding her as the lowest-ranked player to defeat a reigning World No. 1 in a WTA main tour event in the Open era. Coin was ranked World No. 188 at the time of her defeat of Ivanović, some 38 places above Zhang at the time of her defeat of Safina.
Zhang's ranking rebounded to World No. 160 following the tournament, still 28 places short of her career high.
With making the semifinals in the 2010 Guangzhou International Women's Open, she cracked into the top 100 for the first time.
At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to Lucie Safarova.
Zhang started her year at the 2012 Blossom Cup in Quanzhou. She defeated Nudnida Luangnam and Anna Floris in the first and second rounds respectively, before falling to Tímea Babos in the quarterfinals. Her next tournament was the 2012 Australian Open where she received a wildcard. She was beaten by Aleksandra Wozniak in the first round. Then, at the 2012 Monterrey Open, she lost to Gréta Arn in the first round. Next Zhang went to Indian Wells to play at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open where she was a qualifier. She lost to Simona Halep in the first round.
- January: Started the year as the top-seed at the ITF Women's Circuit tournament, Innisbrook Women's Open in Innisbrook, Florida on clay with a first round lost to 468th ranked wildcard Asia Muhammad. Skipping the Australian Open and remaining in Florida for another ITF Women's Circuit clay court tournament, the $25K Tesoro Women's Open in Port St. Lucie losing to 214th rank and 4th seed Tadeja Majeric in the semifinal. In doubles, she and partner Sharon Fichman were seeded 2nd and lost in the quarterfinal to the eventual winners, qualifiers Angelina Gabueva & Allie Will.
- February: Zhang entered three WTA tournaments and played doubles with Janette Husarova: as the 3rd seed in the qualifying draw, lost to 647th ranked Abigail Spears in the 1st round of the qualifier in the Qatar Total Open in Doha, Qatar and lost to Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur in 2nd round.; lost to 61st ranked Anabel Medina Garrigues in the 2nd round of qualifting in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and lost to Julia Goerges & Angelique Kerber in straight sets in the 1st round. and lost to 23rd and 2nd seeded Hsieh Su-wei in the 2nd round in the BMW Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and lost to 2nd seeded team of Shuko Aoyama & Chang Kai-chen in an exciting final.
- March: Returning stateside losing to 131st ranked wild-card Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the qualiying final of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, Florida Teaming up with Megan Moulton-Levy, lost in the 2nd round to 3rd seeded Nadia Petrova & Katarina Srebotnik.
- April: Lost to Petra Rampre (#282) in the 1st qualifying round as the 7th seed in the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. Zhang & Moulton-Levy lost in the semifinal to the top-seeded team of Andrea Hlavackova & Liezel Huber. Playing as the 5th seed in the ITF's Legacy Credit Union Women's 25k Pro Circuit Challenger in Pelham, Alabama, she lost to the 197th ranked Ashleigh Barty in the 2nd round. Playing in her first final as the 8th seed at the Dothan Pro Tennis Classic in Dothan, Alabama, lost to Ajla Tomljanović (#171). As the 7th seed in the Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic in Charlottesville, Virginia, she lost to 381st ranked wildcard Allie Will in the 1st round.
- May: Entered the doubles tournament in the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain with Zheng Jie as the 7th seeded team and lost in the first round to Kristina Mladenovic & Galina Voskoboeva. In Rome, Italy, she lost to the 5th seeded Madison Keys (#60) at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in the 1st qualifying round. Again partnering with Zheng, the 8th seeded team lost to Dominika Cibulková & Monica Niculescu in the opening round. Entered the qualifying draw for the Brussels Open in Brussels, Portugal qualifying for the main draw. Lost in the 2nd round to the 4th seeded (#17) Sloane Stephens. Entered the French Open doubles with Zheng as the 13th seeds losing to the 2nd seeded team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the 3rd round. Also entered the mixed doubles tournament with Julian Knowle losing in the 2nd round to the 5th seeded team of Kristina Mladenovic & Daniel Nestor.
- June: Played in the Chinese National Games in Dalian, China with team members Duan Yingying, Peng Shuai and Zheng Saisai representing Tianjin in the team competition winning the gold medal over Team Shanghai. Entered Wimbledon doubles with Moulton-Levy losing to the 12th seeded team of Ashleigh Barty & Casey Dellacqua in the 2nd round. Entered the mixed doubles tournament once again with Knowle losing in the 1st round to Barty & John Peers.
- July: Entered the Beijing International Challenger in Beijing, China as the third seed.Made her second final of the year beating the top seed Misaki Doi. In the final, defeated the 4th seeded Zhou Yimiao winning her first title since May 31, 2010, at the Infond Open 2010 in Maribor, Slovenia. Played in the Chinese National Games in Dalian for the individual finals on July 22–30. Playing as the 3rd seed, lost in the 2nd round (after receiving a bye) to 728th ranked Zhang Kailin from Hubei. Played in the doubles tournament as the top seed with Peng, won the gold medal in the final in a walkover when the second team from Tianjin, Xu Yifan and Zheng Saisai withdrew because Zheng's injury from her semifinal singles match.
- August:Entered the Caoxijiu Suzhou Ladies Open in Suzhou, China as the fourth seed. Lost to the unranked Zheng Saisai (#195) in the quarterfinal round. Entered the Western & Southern Open doubles event in Mason, Ohio with Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania losing in the first round to Vera Dushevina and Silvia Soler-Espinosa. Entered the Qualifying event at New Haven Open at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut. After beating the 12th seeded Johanna Larsson (#68) in the first round, she lost to eventual qualifier Anna Karolína Schmiedlová (#107) in the second round. Entered the Qualifying Event for the US Open in Queens, New York. Seeded fifth, defeated France's Julie Coin in the first round. Lost to Coco Vandeweghe (#192) in second round. Entered the doubles tournament with Yaroslava Shvedova losing to Alla Kudryavtseva & Anastasia Rodionova in the first round.
- September:Entered the 2013 ITF Women's Circuit – Sanya in Sanya, China as the second seed. Lost to Zheng Saisai (#170) in straight sets in the first round. Entered the Guangzhou International Women's Open in Guangzhou, China as a wild card. Winning her first WTA singles title over qualifier Vania King (#124). Also entered the doubles tournament with Shvedova losing in the first round to the 4th seeded team of Tímea Babos & Olga Govortsova. Entered the Ningbo International Women's Tennis Open in Ningbo, China, losing in the final round to the top seeded Bojana Jovanovski (#41). Entered the doubles competition with Chan Yung-jan winning the title over the 4th seeded team of Irina Buryachok & Oksana Kalashnikova. Entered the China Open in Beijing, China as wild card losing to tenth seed Roberta Vinci (#12) in three sets in the second round. Received a wild card in the doubles tournament with Shvedova losing to Chan Yung-jan & Zheng Jie in the first round in three sets.
- October:Played in the 2013 HP Open in Osaka, Japan losing to the 6th seed Madison Keys (#39) in the second round. Entered the doubles tournament with Samantha Stosur losing in straight sets to the second seeded team of Kristina Mladenovic & Flavia Pennetta in final. Entered the Nanjing Ladies Open in Nanjing, China as the 3rd seed winning her third title of the year beating the 4th seed Ayumi Morita (#63) in match shortened by retirement after one set. Also reached the final in doubles with Shvedova as the top-seeded team losing to the team of Misaki Doi & Xu Yifan in straight sets. Reached #51 as a career high in singles on November 4, 2013.
- November: Entered the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open in Taipei City, Taiwan indoors on carpet as the 3rd seed. Lost in the first round to Katarzyna Piter (#122) retired after first game in the second set being down a set. Played in the doubles competition with Kimiko Date-Krumm as the top-seeded team lost to the team of Misaki Doi & Hsieh Shu-ying in the first round in three sets.
Started the 2014 season in the Shenzhen Open as the sixth seed losing to Chan Yung-jan in the first round. Also played in the doubles tournament with Zheng Saisai as the top seeds losing in the quarterfinal round to Monica Niculescu & Klara Zakopalova. Next in the Hobart International, in lost to the seventh seeded Zakopalova in the second round. Reached the doubles final with Lisa Raymond as the seeded second team losing again to Niculescu & Zakopalova in a match decided in the super tie-break. Zhang's winless streak in the Grand Slams reached nine as she had a disappointing opening round lost to Mona Barthel in the Australian Open. Also lost in first round with Kimiko Date-Krumm in doubles against the seventh seeded team of Andrea Hlavackova & Lucie Safarova. Suffered another first round lost to the wild card and the second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the PTT Pattaya Open. After being three games from losing the doubles finals in the second, she and partner Shuai Peng as the fourth-seeded team rallied back to defeat the third-seeded team of Alla Kudryavtseva & Anastasia Rodionova in a thrilling match decided by a super tie-break. In early February, Zhang competed in the Fed Cup for China in Astana, Kazakhstan. Partnering with Fangzhou Liu, lost the deciding doubles match against Uzbekistan's Nigina Abduraimova & Sabina Sharipovain the first round robin match. Teamed with Shuai Peng in a straight set victory against South Korea's team of Han Na-lae & Yoo Mi in the second match. In the third round, beat Chinese Taipei's Ting-fei Juan in second singles rubber and teamed with Qiang Wang to defeat the team of Juan & Ya-hsuan Lee. Later in the same month, Zhang lost to qualifier Petra Cetkovská in the second round in the Qatar Total Open. In the doubles competition with Lisa Raymond lost in straight sets to the top-seeded team of Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci in the second round. She failed to qualify for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Playing as the eighth seed, lost to Karolína Pliskova in the second qualifier. Partnering with Lisa Raymond, lost in the second round of the doubles tournament against Andrea Hlavackova & Lucie Safarova. At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel as the eighth seed, she reached the semifinal round only to retire because of her shoulder to top-seeded Dominika Cibulková after six games. With Chuang Chia-jung in doubles, lost to the second seeds Kristina Mladenovic & Galina Voskoboeva in the quarterfinal round. At the Indian Wells Masters lost to Mladenovic in the first round, and withdrew from the doubles competition because of her shoulder injury. At the Miami Masters she suffered another first round lost against Lauren Davis. Zhang withdrew from The Oaks Club Challenger with a shoulder injury.
Began her clay court season at the Family Circle Cup as the sixteenth seed losing to Ajla Tomljanović in the second round. Reached the semifinal round at the BMW Malaysian Open as the second seed losing to the seventh seed and eventual winner Donna Vekić. As the seventh seed, lost to Polona Hercog in the first round at the Marrakech Grand Prix. At the Portugal Open lost to seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round. and reached the quarterfinal round with Silvia Soler Espinosa losing to the top seeded team of Cara Black & Sania Mirza the doubles competition. Another first round lost came at the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain against wild card Irina-Camelia Begu. Partnering with Janette Husarova in doubles lost to the eighth seeded team of Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld in the first round. Defeated Petra Kvitová in the second round of the Italian Open in three exciting sets. In her win, she reached 300 victories and her second Top 10 victory. Lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinal. Entered the doubles with Monica Niculescu withdrawing with a shoulder injury against Casey Dellacqua & Klaudia Jans-Ignacik in the second round. Withdrew from the Internationaux de Strasbourg. Her winless streak in the Grand Slams reached ten as she lost to third seed Agnieszka Radwańska at the Roland Garros. Entered the doubles with Ajla Tomljanovic losing to Gabriela Dabrowski & Alicja Rosolska in the first round.
Began the her grass season at the Aegon Classic as the ninth seed losing to the top seed and eventual champion Ana Ivanovic in the semifinal round. Played in the doubles competition with Caroline Garcia losing to the second seeded team of Ashleigh Barty & Casey Dellacqua in the semifinal round. Lost at the Eastbourne International to Varvara Lepchenko in the first round. Suffered another first round in a Grand Slam event. The streak reached eleven as she lost at Wimbledon against fifteenth seed Carla Suárez Navarro. Partnering with Yanina Wickmayer in doubles, lost the eleventh-seeded team of Alla Kudryavtseva & Anastasia Rodionova in the first round. Entered the mixed doubles with Nicholas Monroe losing to the thirteenth-seeded team of Bruno Soares & Martina Hingis in the second round.
Was scheduled to play in the Baku Cup, but withdrew before the tournament. Started preparing for the US Open at the Bank of the West Classic – lost to qualifier Sachia Vickery in the first round. Entered the doubles competition with Caroline Garcia losing to the third-seeded team of Garbiñe Muguruza & Carla Suárez Navarro in the quarterfinals. Suffered another first round loss at the Rogers Cup against qualifier Coco Vandeweghe. Played doubles with Samantha Stosur losing against the sixth-seeded team of Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears in the first round. Lost to twelfth seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second round at the Western & Southern Open. Was scheduled to play doubles with Stosur again, but Zhang withdrew with an injured right arm. The Grand Slam losing streak reached twelve as she lost to Mona Barthel in the first round at the US Open seeded 32nd.
In September, Zhang withdrew from the Hong Kong Open and Guangzhou Open. Played in the Asian Games in the women's team event with Duan Yingying, Zheng Jie and Zheng Saisai. Zhang won her quarterfinal singles and doubles (with Zheng Jie) matches, but dropped the deciding doubles match in the final earning a silver metal. Lost in the first round to Caroline Garcia at the China Open. Played in the doubles with Samantha Stosur losing to Jarmila Gajdosova & Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round.
- 2014 Singles record 19–25 (18–24 in Main Draw)
- 2014 doubles record 15–14
Zhang is coached by Liu Shuo. Her hobbies are eating and music. Her parents are Zhang Zhiqiang and Wang Fengqin.
WTA career finals
Singles: 1 (1–0)
|Winner||1.||September 22, 2013||Guangzhou International Women's Open, Guangzhou, China||Hard||Vania King||7–6(7–1), 6–1|
Doubles: 8 (4–4)
|Legend (pre/post 2009)|
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|WTA Tour Championships (0–0)|
|Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)|
|Tier II / Premier (0–0)|
|Tier III, IV & V / International (4–4)|
|WTA 125 series tournaments (1–1)|
|Winner||1.||10 October 2011||HP Open, Osaka, Japan||Hard||Kimiko Date-Krumm|| Vania King
|7–5, 3–6, [11–9]|
|Runner-up||1.||26 February 2012||Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico||Hard||Kimiko Date-Krumm|| Sara Errani
|Winner||2.||5 May 2012||Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal||Clay||Chuang Chia-jung|| Yaroslava Shvedova
|4–6, 6–1, [11–9]|
|Winner||3.||22 September 2012||Guangzhou International, Guangzhou, China||Hard||Tamarine Tanasugarn|| Jarmila Gajdošová
|2–6, 6–2, [10–8]|
|Runner-up||2.||3 March 2013||Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard||Janette Husárová|| Shuko Aoyama
|7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), [12–14]|
|Runner-up||3.||13 October 2013||HP Open, Osaka, Japan||Hard||Samantha Stosur|| Kristina Mladenovic
|Runner-up||4.||11 January 2014||Hobart International, Hobart, Australia||Hard||Lisa Raymond|| Monica Niculescu
|2–6, 7–6(7–5), [8–10]|
|Winner||4.||2 February 2014||PTT Pattaya Open, Pattaya, Thailand||Hard||Peng Shuai|| Alla Kudryavtseva
|3–6, 7–6(7–5), [10–6]|
WTA 125 series finals
Singles: 2 (1–1)
|Runner-up||1.||27 September 2013||Ningbo International Women's Tennis Open, Ningbo, China||Hard||Bojana Jovanovski||7–6(9–7), 4–6, 1–6|
|Winner||1.||3 November 2013||Nanjing Ladies Open, Nanjing, China||Hard||Ayumi Morita||6–4 RET|
Doubles: 2 (1–1)
|Winner||1.||27 September 2013||Ningbo International Women's Tennis Open, Ningbo, China||Hard||Chan Yung-jan|| Irina Buryachok
|Runner-up||1.||3 November 2013||Nanjing Ladies Open, Nanjing, China||Hard||Yaroslava Shvedova|| Misaki Doi
ITF Circuit finals
Singles: 24 (15–9)
|$100,000 tournaments (0–1)|
|$75,000 tournaments (1–1)|
|$50,000 tournaments (2–2)|
|$25,000 tournaments (9–5)|
|$10,000 tournaments (3–0)|
|Winner||1.||February 13, 2006||Shenzhen, China||Hard||Ji Chunmei||6–1, 2–6, 6–1|
|Winner||2.||February 20, 2006||Shenzhen, China||Hard||Chen Yanchong||6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||3.||May 30, 2006||Tianjin, China||Hard||Xie Yanze||6–3, 3–6, 6–0|
|Runner–up||1.||June 20, 2006||Changwon, South Korea||Hard||Chen Yanchong||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner–up||2.||July 16, 2006||Chongqing, China||Hard||Elena Chalova||6–3, 3–6, 6–0|
|Winner||4.||August 21, 2006||Nanjing, China||Hard||Xie Yanze||6–3, 1–6, 6–4|
|Winner||5.||April 30, 2007||Chengdu, China||Hard||Ren Jing||6–2, 6–7(5–7), 6–0|
|Winner||6.||May 7, 2007||Chengdu, China||Hard||Xu Yifan||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||7.||June 6, 2007||Changsha, China||Hard||Regina Kulikova||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||8.||June 11, 2007||Guangzhou, China||Hard||Regina Kulikova||6–3, 6–1|
|Runner–up||3.||June 26, 2007||Noto, Japan||Carpet||Regina Kulikova||7–5, 6–1|
|Winner||9.||June 11, 2007||Nagoya, Japan||Hard||Regina Kulikova||6–3, 6–1|
|Runner–up||4.||June 11, 2007||Miyazaki, Japan||Carpet||Junri Namigata||6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||10.||March 2, 2009||Lyon, France||Hard||Claire Feuerstein||1–6, 6–1, 6–3|
|Winner||11.||May 18, 2009||Nagano, Japan||Carpet||Nikola Hofmanova||5–7, 6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||12.||June 6, 2007||Xiamen, China||Hard||Duan Yingying||6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||13.||March 1, 2010||Hammond, United States||Hard||Jamie Hampton||6–2, 6–1|
|Runner–up||5.||March 8, 2010||Clearwater, United States||Hard||Johanna Larsson||7–6(7–4), 6–0|
|Runner–up||6.||May 10, 2010||Saint Gaudens, France||Clay||Kaia Kanepi||6–2, 7–5|
|Winner||14.||May 31, 2010||Maribor, Slovenia||Clay||Laura Pous Tió||6–3, 3–6, 6–3|
|Runner–up||7.||August 2, 2010||Beijing, China||Hard||Junri Namigata||7–6(7–3), 6–2|
|Runner–up||8.||September 17, 2012||Ningbo, China||Hard||Hsieh Su-wei||6–2,6–2|
|Runner–up||9.||April 21, 2013||Dothan, United States||Clay||Ajla Tomljanović||2–6, 6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||15.||July 14, 2013||Beijing, China||Hard||Zhou Yi-Miao||6–2, 6–1|
Doubles: 12 (8–4)
|$100,000 tournaments (0–0)|
|$75,000 tournaments (2–0)|
|$50,000 tournaments (1–1)|
|$25,000 tournaments (5–1)|
|$10,000 tournaments (0–2)|
|Winner||1.||July 16, 2006||Chongqing, China||Hard||Ren Jie|| Ji Chunmei
|Winner||2.||July 26, 2006||Chengdu, China||Hard||Ren Jie|| Xia Huan
|Winner||3.||July 10, 2007||Miyazaki, Japan||Carpet||Zhao Yijing|| Natsumi Hamamura
|Runner–up||1.||November 5, 2007||Taizhou, China||Hard||Ren Jie|| Ji Chunmei
|7–6(7–5), 1–6, [13–11]|
|Runner–up||2.||February 9, 2009||Jiangmen, China||Hard||Xie Yanze|| Hao Jie
|Runner–up||3.||March 2, 2009||Lyon, France||Hard||Pemra Ozgen|| Lu Jingjing
|Winner||4.||March 16, 2009||Tenerife, Spain||Hard||Sun Shengnan|| Paula Fondevila Castro
|Winner||5.||June 1, 2009||Komoro, Japan||Clay||Xu Yifan|| Ayumi Oka
|Winner||6.||August 2, 2010||Beijing, China||Hard||Sun Shengnan|| Ji Chunmei
|4–6, 6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||7.||May 30, 2011||Nottingham, Great Britain||Grass||Kimiko Date-Krumm|| Raquel Kops-Jones
|Winner||8.||October 31, 2011||Grapevine, USA||Hard||Jamie Hampton|| Lindsay Lee-Waters
|Runner–up||4.||January 8, 2012||Quanzhou, China||Hard||Kimiko Date-Krumm|| Chan Hao-Ching
|6–4, 4–6, [7–10]|
Singles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||Q1||Q3||A||Q1||1R||1R||A||1R||0 / 3||0–3|
|French Open||A||A||Q2||A||1R||1R||1R||A||1R||0 / 4||0–4|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||Q2||1R||Q2||A||1R||0 / 2||0–2|
|US Open||A||Q2||1R||Q2||Q2||1R||Q3||Q1||1R||0 / 3||0–3|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–0||0–1||0–4||0–2||0–0||0–4||0 / 12||0–12|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||Not Held||A||NH||0 / 0||0–0|
|WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|Indian Wells||Absent||2R||1R||A||A||0 / 2||1–2|
|Miami||Absent||1R||2R||Q2||1R||0 / 3||1–3|
|Madrid||Absent||1R||0 / 1||0–1|
|Beijing||Tier II||3R||1R||1R||2R||2R||0 / 5||4–5|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||2–1||0–1||1–3||2–3||1–1||0–2||0 / 11||6–11|
|WTA Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai||Absent||Q2||2R||Premier||0 / 1||1–1|
|Doha||Tier II||A||Not Held||P||A||1R||2R||0 / 2||1–2|
|Rome||Absent||Q1||Absent||Q1||QF||0 / 1||3–1|
|Canada||Absent||1R||Q2||A||1R||0 / 2||0–2|
|Cincinnati||Absent||1R||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Tokyo||Absent||1R||A||A||P||0 / 1||0–1|
|Wuhan||Not Held||0 / 0||0–0|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–4||0–0||0–1||4–3||0 / 8||5–8|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
Mixed doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
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- Zhang Shuai at the Women's Tennis Association
- Zhang Shuai at the International Tennis Federation
- Zhang Shuai at the Fed Cup