Jie Zheng life and biography

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Jie Zheng biography

Date of birth : 1983-07-05
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Nationality : Chinese
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-05-11
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, WTA tour, Australian Open

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Zheng Jie is a Chinese professional tennis player. Her career high ranking is World No. 15 which she achieved on May 18, 2009. As of January 10, 2011, Zheng is ranked World No. 27 in singles and World No. 16 in doubles.


Being one of the most successful tennis players from China, Zheng has won three WTA singles titles at Hobart in 2005 and Estoril and Stockholm in 2006. She has also won twelve doubles titles, eleven of them with Yan Zi including Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2006. Her career high doubles ranking is World No. 3. Zheng has reached the singles semi-finals at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first Chinese female player to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam, and at the 2010 Australian Open. She also won the bronze medal in doubles with Yan Zi at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was able to defeat a World No. 1 at the time.

2010:Zheng was seeded 26th at the 2010 French Open and reached the second round before losing to Anastasia Pivovarova.

Zheng began her grass court season at the 2010 AEGON International, where she was unseeded. She advanced to the second round before losing to British wildcard Elena Baltacha.

At Wimbledon, Zheng was the 23rd seed, but lost in the second round to Petra Kvitová, who herself made it to the semifinals.

Zheng was unseeded at the 2010 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, where she was defeated by Maria Sharapova in the first round. In doubles, she reached the final where she lost a close three set match to Leizel Huber and Lindsay Davenport. At her next tournament in San Diego, Zheng reached the second round before losing to Daniela Hantuchová. In consolation, Zheng partnered with Maria Kirilenko to win her second doubles title of the year by defeating second seeded Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs in the final.

Her next singles tournament was the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open, where Zheng lost to the eleventh-seed Flavia Pennetta in the first round. In doubles, Jie teamed with Yung-jan Chan and made it to the quarterfinals. Next playing at the 2010 Rogers Cup, Zheng reached the quarterfinals before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.

Zheng next competed at the 2010 US Open in singles and doubles. In singles, Zheng was the 21st seed, however she was upset in the second round by a resurgent Ana Ivanović. In doubles, she and Yung-jan Chan reached the semifinals before losing to Nadia Petrova and Liezel Huber.

Zheng was scheduled to compete at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic exhibition tournament in Team Asia-Pacific alongside Li Na and Mark Philippoussis, as well as competing as the third seed at the 2011 Moorilla Hobart International. Zheng hadn't rehabilitated from her wrist injury sufficiently, and withdrew from both tournaments, as well as the Australian Open, where she was a semi-finalist in 2010. After losing her ranking points from the Australian Open and Hobart, Zheng has fallen to 43rd in the world; she is similarly now the Chinese no. 3 behind Li Na and Peng Shaui.

Jie made a return to the tour at the 2011 PTT Pattaya Open in Thailand. She was seeded seventh but was defeated by Akgul Amanmuradova in the first round 6–4, 7–6(6).

Zheng next competed at the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships. In the first round, Zheng defeated Kristina Barrois 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. In the second, she was defeated by Patty Schnyder, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2. At the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open, Zheng was trounced by Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2. Zheng next played at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, where she was a quarter-finalist in 2010. Zheng continued her string of losses, falling 6-3, 6-2 to Sofia Arvidsson. As a result, Zheng dropped to #59 in the world, her lowest ranking since Wimbledon in 2008.

At the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, Zheng won a tough three-setter over Sorana Cirstea, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Zheng lost to her next opponent, the fourth seed and World #4 Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-1. Her next event was the 2011 Family Circle Cup in Charleston. In the first round, Zheng defeated qualifier Monica Puig 3-6, 7-6(10),7-5 in a match lasting over three hours. In the next round she faced seeded Yanina Wickmayer for the first time, losing 6-4 6-0.

Zheng will compete at the 2011 Estoril Open as the seventh seed. Her first-round opponent is Italian Romina Oprandi.

Singles Titles
2006: Estoril, Stockholm
2005: Hobart

Doubles Titles:
2010: Kuala Lumpur, San Diego
2008: Sydney
2007: Charleston, Strasbourg
2006: Australian Open, Berlin, Rabat, 's-Hertogenbosch, Wimbledon, New Haven
2005: Hobart, Hyderabad


Coached by husband, Chang Yu
First memory of tennis was watching match between Graf and Seles; older sister started playing first, which influenced Jie to take up game at age 10; favorite shot is backhand
Parents are Shu Kai Zheng, Zhi Bin Lei
Graduated from Si Chuan Sports Academy in June 2000
Favorite cuisine is Chinese
Other sports interests are golf, table tennis, badminton
Admires parents and grandparents.

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