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March 7, 1967 |
Shangqiu, Henan, China
Zheng Haixia (simplified Chinese: 郑海霞; traditional Chinese: 鄭海霞; pinyin: Zhèng Hǎixiá; born March 7, 1967) is a Chinese retired professional women's basketball player for the China women's national basketball team and the Women's National Basketball Association.
In 1983, Haixia made her debut at the Basketball World Championship and finished 3rd. The following year, she and her teammates finished 1st in the Asian Junior Basketball Championship and 3rd in the 23rd Olympic Games.
In 1994, she claimed the titles in the Asian Championship and ranked 2nd in the World Championship, being named MVP of the event by averaging 26.4 points, 13.1 rebounds and shooting 83.5% from the field.
One year later, she and her teammates retained their title in the 16th Asian Championship.
In 1996, she made her fourth Olympic appearance in Atlanta, Georgia, averaging 18.1 points, 9 rebounds. One year later, she won the 8th National Games with the PLA team.
In 1997 she retired from the Chinese national team and went to play with the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA in the United States. At the end of 1998, she returned to China and began to coach the PLA women's team. She is currently a coach in China.
In 1997 Haixia received the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award becoming the first Asian women as well as international player to win any award in the WNBA. She led the WNBA in field goal percentage at .618.
She started to practice basketball at the age of 12 and was selected by the Wuhan Army club team one year later. In 1983, she entered the national team. She married Xu Qinghua in Beijing on June 19, 2010.
- Position: Center
- Height: 6 ft. 8 in
- Shoe size: mens 18 (US) / 54 (EU)
- Team(s): Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
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