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Qinwen Zheng

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Alias: Zheng Qinwen
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Bio She is a Chinese professional tennis player.

Zheng has won two WTA Tour, one WTA Challenger and eight ITF singles titles, and was named the 2022 WTA Newcomer of the Year. She contested a major final at the 2024 Australian Open.

She won her maiden WTA Tour title at the 2023 Palermo Ladies Open.

Zheng was born in Shiyan, Hubei. Before Zheng turned 3 years old, she spent a lot of time in her maternal grandmother's home in Chengdu, Sichuan, where her mother originated.

Zheng began playing tennis at age seven. Two months later, eight-year-old Zheng left her family in Shiyan to train in Wuhan and was soon inspired by Li Na's run to the 2011 French Open title. About three years later, she moved to Beijing to train with Carlos Rodriguez, the former coach of Zheng's idol Li Na, and then moved to Barcelona with her mother in 2019. She began working with coach Pere Riba in 2021.

In January 2021, she won the Tennis Future Hamburg, Germany where she defeated Linda Fruhvirtová in the final of the $25k event, held at the venue of the Hamburger Tennis-Verband.

On June 20, 2021, she won the final of the $60k Macha Lake Open in Staré Splavy, defeating Aleksandra Krunić in two sets.

Zheng made her WTA Tour debut at the Palermo Ladies Open, where she also recorded her first win defeating second seed Liudmila Samsonova in the first round.

In 2022, at the Melbourne Summer Set 1, she reached her first WTA Tour semifinal after beating Mai Hontama, former No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, and Ana Konjuh, respectively. She lost her semifinal match to second seed Simona Halep, in straight sets.

A week after Melbourne Summer Set, Zheng qualified for her first major event, at the Australian Open where she defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first round. In the second, she lost to fifth seed Maria Sakkari, in straight sets. As a result, she reached the top 100 at world No. 80, on January 31, 2022.

At the French Open, she defeated Maryna Zanevska on her debut at this major. Next she beat former French Open champion and 19th seed, Simona Halep, her first top-20 win, to move to the third round of a major for the first time in her career. She moved into the fourth round after Alizé Cornet's retirement. On May 30, 2022, she lost to top seed and world No. 1, Iga Świątek of Poland, in the fourth round, referring to menstrual cramps as a contributing factor. Zheng was still happy about her performance and glad that she was able to play against the world's number one. As a result, she moved to a new career-high of No. 54, on June 6, 2022, and reached the top 50, at world No. 46, a week later when she won her first WTA 125 title at the Open Internacional de Valencia defeating compatriot Wang Xiyu.

She debuted at Wimbledon and defeated Sloane Stephens in the first round. She won her second match at this major against Greet Minnen, before falling to the eventual champion, Elena Rybakina, in the third round.

In August, Zheng defeated fifth seed Ons Jabeur by retirement for her first top-10 win in the second round and Bianca Andreescu in the third round of the Canadian Open to enter the first WTA 1000 quarterfinal of her career, in which she lost to Karolína Plíšková, in three sets. At the US Open, Zheng defeated Jeļena Ostapenko in the first round and Anastasia Potapova in the second. She was beaten in the third round by Jule Niemeier, in straight sets.

At the Pan Pacific Open in Japan, she became the first Chinese teenager to ever reach a WTA Tour final which she lost to Liudmila Samsonova. Her win over top seed Paula Badosa in the second round was her first completed top-10 win and second overall (after Jabeur in Toronto). She also became the second teenager to make a WTA 500-level or higher final in the season after Coco Gauff. As a result, she reached the top 30 at world No. 28, on September 26, 2022, becoming the first Chinese teenager to do so.

For her breakthrough season, Zheng was named WTA Newcomer of the Year.

Zheng began the 2023 season with a win over former world No. 2 player, Anett Kontaveit, in the first round of the Adelaide International, surviving match points in the third set to triumph in a final set tiebreak, before she lost to Victoria Azarenka in the second round, and also reached the second round at the Australian Open.

On her debut, she reached her maiden fourth round at the Italian Open defeating Taylor Townsend. Next, she defeated compatriot Wang Xiyu to reach the quarterfinals of a WTA 1000 tournament for the second time in her career and first on clay. As a result, she reached No. 19 in the WTA rankings, becoming the fifth Chinese player ever to break into the top 20. The first four in order of career-high ranking were Li Na (No. 2), Wang Qiang (No. 12), Peng Shuai (No. 14) and Zheng Jie (No. 15). At the French Open, as the 19th seed, she beat Tamara Zidanšek in the first round, before losing to Yulia Putintseva in the second.

After the French Open, Zheng split from coach Pere Riba and began working with Naomi Osaka's longtime coach Wim Fissette.

The grass season yielded disappointing results, as she lost all three singles matches that she played. She received a wildcard into her next tournament in Palermo. As the second seed, she double bagelled Sara Errani, then beat Diane Parry, Emma Navarro and Mayar Sherif to reach her second tour-level final in which she beat Jasmine Paolini to win her first WTA Tour title.

As the 23rd seed, Zheng defeated Nadia Podoroska and Kaia Kanepi to reach the third round of the US Open, before beating Lucia Bronzetti in a three-set thriller to enter her second major fourth round. She upset fifth seed and defending finalist, Ons Jabeur, to advance to her maiden major quarterfinal, losing there to world No. 2 and eventual finalist, Aryna Sabalenka.

Fissette left Zheng after the US Open to rejoin Osaka who planned to return to the tour after giving birth. Zheng won gold in singles at the Asian Games in September 2023.

She captured her second WTA title on home soil at the WTA 500 2023 Zhengzhou Open defeating Barbora Krejcikova. Following reaching the final at the 2023 WTA Elite Trophy where she defeated compatriot Lin Zhu in the semifinals, she entered the top 15 in the rankings. She rehired Pere Riba in the off-season at the end of 2023.

At the end of the season Zheng was named Most Improved Player.

She made her debut at the 2024 United Cup as China's No. 1 WTA player, part of the team's debut at the tournament, and recorded her first win to clinch the tie with Czechia. Team China qualified for the quarterfinals but was defeated by eventual finalist, team Poland.

At the 2024 Australian Open, Zheng reached her first Grand Slam final defeating Ashlyn Krueger, Katie Boulter, compatriot Wang Yafan, and Oceane Dodin in a 59-minute match. Zheng then defeated Anna Kalinskaya in the quarterfinals, and qualifier and first-time semifinalist Dayana Yastremska in the semifinals. She became the fourth Chinese player to reach the semifinals of a major, after Zheng Jie, Li Na and Peng Shuai, the second finalist since Li Na in 2014, and the second women in the open era to reach Australian Open final by defeating six unseeded opponents after Sánchez Vicario in 1995. As a result, she reached the top 10 in the singles rankings, the second Chinese player to do so after Li Na.
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