Zheng Saisai

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Zheng Saisai
郑赛赛
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Zheng Saisai at the 2019 Wimbledon
Country (sports) China
ResidenceXi'an, Shaanxi, China
Born (1994-02-05) February 5, 1994 (age 26)
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2008[1]
PlaysRight-handed
(two-handed backhand)
CoachAlan Ma and Goran Tošić
Prize moneyUS$ 3,787,683
Singles
Career record316–216 (59.4%)
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 34 (2 March 2020)
Current rankingNo. 34 (2 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2016, 2020)
French Open1R (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Wimbledon2R (2018)
US Open2R (2014, 2016, 2017)
Doubles
Career record214–149 (59.0%)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 15 (11 July 2016)
Current rankingNo. 24 (16 March 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2013, 2016)
French OpenF (2019)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US OpenQF (2019)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US Open1R (2013)
Team competitions
Fed Cup11–6 (64.7%)
Last updated on: 11 May 2020.
Zheng Saisai
Traditional Chinese鄭賽賽
Simplified Chinese郑赛赛

Zheng Saisai or Zheng Sai-Sai (Chinese: 郑赛赛; born February 5, 1994) is a Chinese tennis player. She has won one WTA singles title at the Premier level 2019 Silicon Valley Classic, four WTA doubles titles, and reached the finals of the 2019 French Open in doubles with her countrywoman Duan Yingying. She has also won three WTA 125K singles and two WTA 125K doubles titles, as well as eleven singles and nine doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.

On 28 October 2019, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 35. On 11 July 2016, she peaked at No. 15 in the doubles rankings.

Playing for China Fed Cup team, Zheng has a win–loss record of 11–6.

Early life and background[edit]

Zheng started playing tennis at age eight at tennis academy where mother worked. She stated that her tennis idol growing up was Justine Henin. Her favorite tournaments are Australian Open and Wimbledon. Zheng is coached by Alan Ma (马伟开). Her favorite shot is drop shot.

Her father is of Tibetan ethnicity. She also has a Tibetan name, Suodian Zhuoma (Chinese: 索典卓玛).[2]

Her nickname is 'jaguar', for her footwork and defence.

Professional career[edit]

2008–11: ITF debut[edit]

Zheng began playing on the ITF Women's Circuit in June 2008, at the age of 14, where she lost in first round of qualification against her fellow countrywoman, Zhou Xiao. Her first main-draw appearance happened next year, at a US$10K event in February.

2011-13: WTA debut in both singles and doubles[edit]

In September, Zheng made her WTA debut in both singles and doubles at the Guangzhou International. There she won her first doubles title, partnering Hsieh Su-wei and defeating Chan Chin-wei and Han Xinyun in straight sets.

2013: First Grand Slam semifinal in doubles[edit]

At the 2013 Australian Open, Zheng reached semifinals with her partner Varvara Lepchenko from United States, and they were defeated by Australian combination Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua, in straight sets. She also reached the quarterfinals at the French Open, also with Lepchenko, where they were defeated by number-one seed, Italian duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, in straight sets.

2014-19: Top 100 debut in singles[edit]

On 13 October 2014, she entered top 100 in singles, when she reached world No. 92. Zheng finished 2014 season as the 97th.

2019: First title in singles, Grand Slam runner–up[edit]

At the 2019 French Open, Zheng made her first Grand Slam final appearance with her partner Duan Yingying; they lost against Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, with score 2–6, 3–6. In August, Zheng won her first WTA title at the Silicon Valley Classic where she defeated 10th seeded Aryna Sabalenka.

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (P) postponed; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
  • Sourced from WTA[3]

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.

Singles[edit]

Current through the suspension of the 2020 WTA Tour.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments[4]
Australian Open A A Q1 Q1 1R 2R 1R A 1R 2R 0 / 5 2–5 29%
French Open A A Q1 Q2 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 5 0–5 0%
Wimbledon A Q2 A Q1 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R NH 0 / 5 1–5 17%
US Open A Q3 Q1 2R 1R 2R 2R Q1 1R 0 / 5 3–5 38%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–4 2–4 1–4 1–2 0–4 1–1 0 / 20 6–20 23%
Year-end championships
WTA Elite Trophy[1] DId Not Qualify RR DId Not Qualify SF 0 / 2 1–4 20%
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 2R Not Held P 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A Q1 A 1R Q2 A A 1R P 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Miami Open A A A A 2R 1R A A 1R P 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Madrid Open A A A A A Q1 2R A 3R P 0 / 2 3–2 60%
China Open 1R 1R Q1 A 1R 1R A 2R 3R 0 / 6 3–6 33%
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open[2] A A A A A QF 2R A 2R QF 0 / 4 8–4 67%
Italian Open A A A A A Q1 Q1 A 1R P 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canadian Open A A A A A 1R A A 1R P 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Cincinnati Open A A A A A 1R A A 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open[3] A A A A 1R 1R A 2R A 0 / 3 1–3 25%
Career statistics[5]
Tournaments 2 3 3 6 21 24 10 12 23 4 Career total: 108
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Career total: 1
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 Career total: 2
Overall Win–Loss 0–2 2–3 1–3 6–6 9–22 13–24 5–10 13–12 21–24 6–4 1 / 108 76–110 41%
Win (%) 0% 40% 25% 50% 29% 35% 33% 52% 47% 60% Career total: 41%
Year-end ranking 276 133 162 97 70 85 94 46 39 $3,787,683

Notes

  • 1 WTA Tournament of Champions was held from 2009 to 2014, when WTA Elite Trophy replaced it.
  • 2 The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The two tournaments have since alternated status every year.
  • 3 In 2014, the Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open.

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 W–L
Australian Open A SF 1R 1R SF 3R A 1R 1R 10–7
French Open 2R QF 2R 2R QF QF 1R F 17–8
Wimbledon 1R 2R A 1R 1R A A 3R NH 3–5
US Open 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 1R QF 9–8
Win–Loss 1–3 9–4 2–3 2–4 9–4 6–3 0–2 10–4 0–1 39–28

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2019 French Open Clay China Duan Yingying Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
2–6, 3–6

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (1–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jul 2018 Jiangxi Open, China International Hard China Wang Qiang 5–7, 0–4 ret.
Win 1–1 Aug 2019 Silicon Valley Classic, United States Premier Hard Belarus Aryna Sabalenka 6–3, 7–6(7–3)

Doubles: 10 (4 titles, 6 runner-ups)[edit]

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (1–1)
International (3–4)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Sep 2011 Guangzhou Open,
China
International Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
China Han Xinyun
6–2, 6–1
Loss 1–1 Apr 2014 Malaysian Open,
Malaysia
International Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan Hungary Tímea Babos
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
3–6, 4–6
Loss 1–2 May 2015 Internationaux de Strasbourg,
France
International Clay Ukraine Nadiia Kichenok Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung
China Liang Chen
6–4, 4–6, [10–12]
Win 2–2 Aug 2015 Silicon Valley Classic,
United States
Premier Hard China Xu Yifan Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
6–1, 6–3
Win 3–2 Oct 2015 Tianjin Open,
China
International Hard China Xu Yifan Croatia Darija Jurak
United States Nicole Melichar
6–2, 3–6, [10–8]
Loss 3–3 Jan 2016 Shenzhen Open,
China
International Hard China Xu Yifan United States Vania King
Romania Monica Niculescu
1–6, 4–6
Win 4–3 Mar 2019 Mexico Open,
Mexico
International Hard Belarus Victoria Azarenka United States Desirae Krawczyk
Mexico Giuliana Olmos
6–1, 6–2
Loss 4–4 Jun 2019 French Open,
France
Grand Slam Clay China Duan Yingying Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
2–6, 3–6
Loss 4–5 Jan 2020 Shenzhen Open,
China[6]
International Hard China Duan Yingying Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
2–6, 6–3, [4–10]
Loss 4–6 Feb 2020 Dubai Championships,
United Arab Emirates
Premier Hard Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
5–7, 6–3, [5–10]

WTA 125 series finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1–0 Aug 2013 Suzhou Open, China Hard Israel Shahar Pe'er 2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Win 1–1 Sep 2015 Dalian Open, China Hard Israel Julia Glushko 2–6, 6–1, 7–5
Win 2–1 Apr 2018 Zhengzhou Open, China Hard China Wang Yafan 5–7, 6–2, 6–1
Loss 2–2 May 2018 Kunming Open, China Clay Russia Irina Khromacheva 6–3, 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 3–2 Apr 2019 Kunming Open, China Clay China Zhang Shuai 6–4, 6–1

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)[edit]

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Aug 2015 Jiangxi International, China Hard Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
China Wang Yafan
6–3, 4–6, [10–3]
Win 2–0 Sep 2015 Dalian Open, China Hard China Zhang Kailin Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
Croatia Darija Jurak
6–3, 6–4

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 19 (11 titles, 8 runner–ups)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000/60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2009 ITF Shenzhen, China 10,000 Hard Uzbekistan Sabina Sharipova 7–5, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Apr 2010 ITF Ningbo, China 10,000 Hard China Tian Ran 6–2, 6–3
Loss 1–2 Jun 2010 ITF Hefei, China 10,000 Hard China Duan Yingying 6–3, 6–4
Win 2–2 Oct 2010 ITF Taipei, Taiwan 10,000 Hard Hong Kong Zhang Ling 6–3, 6–3
Loss 2–3 Jan 2011 ITF Muzaffarnagar, India 25,000 Grass Slovenia Tadeja Majerič 6–2, 5–7, 6–2
Loss 2–4 Jan 2011 Burnie International, Australia 25,000 Hard Canada Eugenie Bouchard 6–4, 6–3
Loss 2–5 Apr 2012 ITF Wenshan, China 50,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei 6–3, 6–3
Win 3–5 May 2012 Kurume Cup, Japan 50,000 Grass Australia Monique Adamczak 7–5, 6–2
Win 4–5 Oct 2012 ITF Taipei, Taiwan 25,000 Hard Kazakhstan Zarina Diyas 6–4, 6–1
Loss 4–6 Sep 2013 ITF Sanya, China 50,000 Hard Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 6–3, 6–4
Win 5–6 May 2014 Kunming Open, China 50,000 Clay Serbia Jovana Jakšić 6–2, 6–3
Win 6–6 Apr 2015 Kangaroo Cup, Japan 75,000 Hard Japan Naomi Osaka 3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Win 7–6 May 2015 Kunming Open, China (2) 75,000 Clay China Han Xinyun 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 7–7 Mar 2017 Zhuhai Open, China 60,000 Hard Czech Republic Denisa Allertová 3–6, 6–2, 4–6
Win 8–7 Apr 2017 Industrial Bank Cup, China 60,000 Hard China Liu Fangzhou 6–2, 6–3
Win 9–7 Apr 2017 Kunming Open, China (3) 100,000+H Clay Kazakhstan Zarina Diyas 7–5, 6–4
Win 10–7 Apr 2018 Industrial Bank Cup, China (2) 60,000 Hard China Liu Fangzhou 6–3, 6–1
Win 11–7 Oct 2018 Suzhou Open, China 100,000 Hard Slovakia Jana Čepelová 7–5, 6–1
Loss 11–8 Nov 2018 Shenzhen Longhua Open, China 100,000 Hard Serbia Ivana Jorović 3–6, 6–2, 4–6

Doubles: 16 (9 titles, 7 runner–ups)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000/60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jun 2010 ITF Hefei,
China
10,000 Hard China Tian Ran China Bai Xi
China Zhang Kailin
6–0, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Oct 2010 ITF Taipei,
Taiwan
10,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Juan Ting-fei Chinese Taipei Kao Shao-yuan
China Wang Qiang
6–3, 7–6(7–2)
Win 2–1 May 2011 ITF Changwon,
South Korea
25,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching Japan Yurika Sema
Japan Erika Takao
6–2, 4–6, [11–9]
Loss 2–2 Aug 2011 Beijing International Challenger,
China
75,000 Hard United States Tetiana Luzhanska Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
6–2, 6–3
Win 3–2 Sep 2011 Ningbo Open,
China
100,000 Hard United States Tetiana Luzhanska Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
China Han Xinyun
6–4, 5–7, [10–4]
Loss 3–3 Feb 2012 Launceston International,
Australia
25,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Hsieh Shu-ying Japan Kotomi Takahata
Japan Shuko Aoyama
6–4, 6–4
Win 4–3 Mar 2012 ITF Sanya,
China
25,000 Hard Japan Erika Sema China Liang Chen
China Zhou Yimiao
6–2, 6–2
Loss 4–4 Mar 2012 ITF Phuket,
Thailand
25,000 Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei Russia Natela Dzalamidze
Russia Marta Sirotkina
4–6, 1–6
Win 5–4 Mar 2012 ITF Phuket,
Thailand
25,000 Hard Thailand Noppawan Lertcheewakarn China Sun Shengnan
China Han Xinyun
6–3, 6–3
Win 6–4 May 2012 Kangaroo Cup,
Japan
50,000 Hard United States Jessica Pegula Chinese Taipei Chan Chin-wei
Chinese Taipei Hsu Wen-hsin
6–4, 3–6, [10–4]
Loss 6–5 Sep 2012 Ningbo Open,
China
100,000 Hard United States Tetiana Luzhanska Japan Shuko Aoyama
Chinese Taipei Chang Kai-chen
2–6, 5–7
Loss 6–6 Apr 2014 ITF Nanning,
China
25,000 Hard Hong Kong Zhang Ling China Zhang Kailin
China Han Xinyun
6–7(8–10), 6–7(3–7)
Win 7–6 May 2014 Empire Slovak Open,
Slovakia
75,000 Clay Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt Russia Margarita Gasparyan
Russia Evgeniya Rodina
6–4, 6–2
Win 8–6 May 2015 Kunming Open,
China
75,000 Hard China Xu Yifan China Yang Zhaoxuan
China Ye Qiuyu
7–5, 6–2
Win 9–6 Jul 2018 Grand Est Open 88,
France
100,000 Clay Belgium An-Sophie Mestach India Prarthana Thombare
Netherlands Eva Wacanno
3–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Loss 9–7 Nov 2019 ITF Hua Hin,
Thailand
25,000 Hard Hong Kong Ng Kwan-yau Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
Netherlands Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove
2–6, 6–7(5–7)

Summer Youth Olympic Games[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 silver medal)[edit]

Result Year Host nation Surface Opponent Score
Silver medal 2010 Singapore Hard Russia Daria Gavrilova 6–2, 2–6, 0–6

Doubles: 1 (1 gold medal)[edit]

Result Year Host nation Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold medal 2010 Singapore Hard China Tang Haochen Slovakia Jana Čepelová
Slovakia Chantal Škamlová
6–4, 3–6, [10–4]

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2016
1. Czech Republic Petra Kvitová No. 6 Shenzhen Open, China Hard 1R 6–2, ret.
2. Germany Angelique Kerber No. 2 Qatar Open, Qatar Hard 2R 7–5, 6–1
3. Poland Agnieszka Radwańska No. 5 Summer Olympics, Brazil Hard 1R 6–4, 7–5
2017
4. Ukraine Elina Svitolina No. 10 Madrid Open, Spain Clay 1R 2–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–3
2019
5. Belarus Aryna Sabalenka No. 10 Silicon Valley Classic, United States Hard F 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
2020
6. Netherlands Kiki Bertens No. 6 Qatar Open, Qatar Hard 3R 3–6, 6–3, 6–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saisai Zheng". WTA.
  2. ^ http://jingji.sports.cn/ywyl/2015/1106/139264.html
  3. ^ "Matches".
  4. ^ "Grand Slam performances - Singles & Doubles".
  5. ^ "Player & Career overview".
  6. ^ "2020 Shenzhen Open". WTA.

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