Wang Qiang (tennis)

Wang Qiang (Chinese: 王蔷; pinyin: Wáng Qiáng; Mandarin pronunciation: [wǎŋ tɕʰjǎŋ]; born 14 January 1992 in Tianjin) is a Chinese professional tennis player. She has won two singles titles on the WTA Tour, one singles title on the WTA 125K series, and 13 singles titles and one doubles title on the ITF Circuit. Her best result at a Grand Slam tournament came at the 2019 US Open where she reached the quarterfinals. On 9 September 2019, Wang reached her highest singles ranking of world No. 12, becoming the second-highest ranked Chinese tennis player in history after Li Na.

Wang Qiang
王蔷
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Wang Qiang at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) China
ResidenceTianjin, China
Born (1992-01-14) 14 January 1992 (age 28)
Tianjin, China
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro2006
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachPeter McNamara (2015-2019)
Thomas Drouet (2019-)
Prize moneyUS$ 4,599,103
Singles
Career record397–254 (61.0%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 12 (9 September 2019)
Current rankingNo. 28 (24 February 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2020)
French Open3R (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US OpenQF (2019)
Doubles
Career record25–48 (34.2%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 118 (23 July 2018)
Current rankingNo. 498 (24 February 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2017, 2018)
French Open2R (2017)
Wimbledon1R (2017)
US Open2R (2017)
Fed Cup14–10 (58.3%)
Last updated on: 24 February 2020.

CareerEdit

At age nine, Wang started playing tennis.[1] That year, she became the promotion player for the Tianjin National Tennis Center. For two years consecutively (2006, 2007), she won the Junior's Tennis Championship in China. She officially started touring the ITF Women's Circuit in Japan as of 2007.

In February 2010, she was a main draw at the AOAO Sports charity themed 'Fiji Tennis Invitation Classis' [FTIC] created by Ademola Oduwole on Denarau Island in Fiji aimed at promoting girls sports. She defeated Christina Visico of the Philippines in the finals to win her $2000 purse and a $4000 Chris Aire watch donated by the Hollywood Luxury watch designer [2][3][4][5]

Wang achieved her first big circuit win at the 2013 Malaysian Open where, after qualifying, she beat top seed and world No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki in the first round.[6]

She made her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the 2014 US Open from the qualifying tournament,[7] and defeated Paula Kania of Poland in the first round by 6–2, 6–0, before losing to Australian Casey Dellaqua in the second round.[8]

2018: Asian Games gold medalist, two WTA titles, world No. 20Edit

Wang won the golden medal in singles at the Asian Games defeating Jeong Su-nam, Gozal Ainitdinova, Aldila Sutjiadi, Liang En-shuo, and finally compatriot Zhang Shuai in the final.

Wang also had a great run in the Asian Swing. She won her first WTA tour tile in July at Jiangxi, where she defeated Zheng Saisai in the final. She then won her second title in September at Guangzhou, where she didn't drop more than four games in each match throughout the tournament. As a result of her Guangzhou triumph, she reached a new career-high ranking of world No. 34 and replaced Zhang Shuai as the highest-ranked Chinese player.

The next week, she competed at the Premier-5 tournament in Wuhan, where she defeated Maria Sakkari, eighth seed Karolína Plíšková, and Daria Gavrilova in the first three matches. In the quarterfinals, she defeated 2016 Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig in straight sets to reach the semifinals, but was forced to retire from the match against Anett Kontaveit due to injury. She became the first ever Chinese player to reach the semifinals at the tournament, and reached another new career-high ranking of No. 28.

Wang received a wild card into the China Open in Beijing. As a Wuhan Open semifinalist, she received a first-round bye. She defeated the 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the second round by 6–0, 6–0. In the third round, she defeated Karolína Plíšková for the second time in consecutive weeks in straight sets. In the quarterfinal, she defeated Wuhan champion Aryna Sabalenka in two very tight sets. Her run ended in the semifinal, at the hands of former world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki. However, her semifinal result earned her a new career-high ranking of No. 24.

Wang was seeded sixth in Hong Kong. She defeated Zhang Ling and Christina McHale to reach the quarterfinals, where she faced top seed Elina Svitolina. Wang took a decisive lead quickly, taking the first set 6–2 and was leading 5–2 in the second when the match was suspended for the night due to a sudden downpour. She closed out the set 6–4 the next day, advancing to the semifinal. In the semifinal she defeated fourth seed Garbiñe Muguruza in three sets, coming back from a 1–4 deficit in the third to win 7–5. In her third final of the year, Wang was defeated by 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska in straight sets. On 22 October, she reached a new career-high ranking of No. 22.

She was awarded a wild card to enter the WTA Elite Trophy, but with withdrawals from both Serena Williams and Jelena Ostapenko, she qualified for the main draw with her ranking. In her first round-robin match, she lost to Daria Kasatkina in three sets. She then played Madison Keys, winning the match in three sets 1–6, 6–3, 6–1. Later, Keys, as the winner of the group, announced her withdrawal due to a knee injury, allowing the second-placed Wang to play the semifinal match against Muguruza, where she won in straight sets 6–2, 6–0.[9] In the final, she was defeated by Ashleigh Barty. Her performance in Zhuhai saw her break the top 20 for the first time, and ensured she would end the year as world No. 20.

2019: First Grand Slam quarterfinal, career-high rankingEdit

Seeded 21st at the Australian Open, Wang defeated Fiona Ferro and Aleksandra Krunić, and then lost to 13th seed Anastasija Sevastova. This was her best performance to date at the tournament. At Indian Wells, she defeated 16th seed Elise Mertens and reached the fourth round, losing to eventual champion Bianca Andreescu. In Miami, she reached her first quarterfinal at a Premier Mandatory event, where she lost to second seed Simona Halep. At the Prague Open, she was seeded third, reaching the quarterfinals and then lost to Bernarda Pera. Wang failed to advance past the second round at any tournament during the clay-court season, losing in the first round at Madrid and Rome, and losing in the second round at Strasbourg and the French Open.

At the Birmingham Classic, she defeated Lauren Davis and then lost to Venus Williams in the second round. She subsequently withdrew from the Eastbourne International. At Wimbledon, she was seeded 15th. She defeated Vera Lapko and Tamara Zidanšek, and then lost to Elise Mertens in the third round. This was her best result at the tournament to date.

She achieved a series of new career-high rankings over the course of the year, achieving the world No. 15 ranking prior to Wimbledon.

At the US Open, Wang was seeded 18th. She defeated Caroline Dolehide, Alison Van Uytvanck, and Fiona Ferro to advance to the second week of a Grand Slam event for the first time. She then upset tournament favorite and world No. 2, Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round, her first victory over a top-three player, to advance to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. She became just the fifth Chinese player in history, after Li Na, Zheng Jie, Peng Shuai, and Zhang Shuai, to reach a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal, and the third to do so at the US Open, after Li and Peng. However, she heavily lost to eventual runner-up Serena Williams in straight sets, winning just one game. After the tournament, she rose six places to reach another new career high of world No. 12, becoming the second-highest ranked Chinese singles player in history.

Wang struggled following the US Open though, managing just two match wins on the Asian hard-courts, one in Wuhan and the other in Tianjin. After failing to qualify or receive a wild card for the WTA Elite Trophy, she finished the year ranked world No. 29, her second consecutive year inside the top 30.

2020Edit

Wang opened her new season with a quarterfinal appearance at the Shenzhen Open and a first-round loss to Angelique Kerber at the Adelaide International. Seeded 27th at the Australian Open, she defeated Pauline Parmentier and Fiona Ferro to reach the third round, where she pulled off a major upset by defeating eighth seed Serena Williams in three sets, avenging her lopsided loss to the American at the previous US Open.[10][11] However, she was upset herself in the fourth round by the unseeded Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

Performance timelinesEdit

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.

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

SinglesEdit

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[12]
Australian Open A A Q2 A 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 4R 0 / 6 6–6 50%
French Open A A Q1 A 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 5 4–5 44%
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 3R NH 0 / 5 3–5 38%
US Open A A A 2R 2R 2R 1R 3R QF 0 / 6 9–6 60%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–4 3–4 1–4 4–4 9–4 3–1 0 / 22 22–22 50%
Year-end championships
WTA Elite Trophy[1] Did Not Qualify F DNQ 0 / 1 2–2 50%
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 1R Not Held P 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A A A A A 2R 4R 4R P 0 / 3 6–3 67%
Miami Open A A A A A A 2R 1R QF P 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Madrid Open A A A A A A 3R 1R 1R P 0 / 3 2–3 40%
China Open A 1R Q1 A 2R 1R 1R SF 1R 0 / 6 4–6 40%
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Qatar Open[2] A A A A 2R 1R QF 1R A 1R 0 / 5 4–5 44%
Italian Open A A A A A A 2R Q2 1R P 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Canadian Open A A A A A A A 1R A P 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Cincinnati Open A A A A A Q1 A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open[3] A A A A A Q2 3R SF 3R 0 / 3 7–3 70%
Career statistics[13]
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Tournaments 0 3 1 2 14 12 19 22 19 6 Career total: 98
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 Career total: 2
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 Career total: 4
Hard Win–Loss 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–2 4–10 7–9 18–13 32–15 14–11 7–6 2 / 71 84–70 55%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 5–5 5–5 4–6 0–0 0 / 20 15–20 43%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 0–0 0 / 7 4–7 36%
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–2 4–14 8–12 24–19 37–21 21–19 7–6 2 / 98 103–97 52%
Win (%)  –  0% 50% 33% 22% 40% 56% 64% 53% 54% Career total: 52%
Year-end ranking[4] 270 193 217 100 114 70 45 20 29 $4,608,203

Notes

  • 1 WTA Tournament of Champions was held from 2009 to 2014, before 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 Total 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 Toray Pan Pacific Open was downgraded to a Premier event and replaced by the Wuhan Open.
  • 4 2006: WTA ranking–896,
    2007: WTA ranking–778,
    2008: WTA ranking–556,
    2009: WTA ranking–363,
    2010: WTA ranking–291.

Significant finalsEdit

WTA Elite TrophyEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner–up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2018 WTA Elite Trophy, China Hard (i)   Ashleigh Barty 3–6, 4–6

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Elite Trophy (0–1)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (2–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jul 2018 Jiangxi Open, China International Hard   Zheng Saisai 7–5, 4–0 ret.
Win 2–0 Sep 2018 Guangzhou Open, China International Hard   Yulia Putintseva 6–1, 6–2
Loss 2–1 Oct 2018 Hong Kong Open, China International Hard   Dayana Yastremska 2–6, 1–6
Loss 2–2 Nov 2018 WTA Elite Trophy, China Elite Trophy Hard (i)   Ashleigh Barty 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2017 Hong Kong Open, China International Hard   Lu Jiajing   Chan Hao-ching
  Chan Yung-jan
1–6, 1–6

WTA 125 series finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2014 Ningbo Open, China Hard   Magda Linette 6–3, 5–7, 1–6
Win 1–1 Apr 2017 Zhengzhou Open, China Hard   Peng Shuai 3–6, 7–6(3), 1–1 ret.

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 18 (13 titles, 5 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (11–5)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (1–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2010 ITF Hyogo, Japan 10,000 Carpet   Yurina Koshino 6–1, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Jun 2011 ITF Balikpapan, Indonesia 25,000 Hard   Varatchaya Wongteanchai 5–7, 3–6
Win 2–1 Mar 2012 ITF Sanya, China 25,000 Hard   Han Xinyun 6–2, 6–4
Win 3–1 Aug 2012 ITF Beijing, China 75,000 Hard   Chan Yung-jan 6–2, 6–4
Win 4–1 Dec 2012 ITF Bangkok, Thailand 10,000 Hard   Nungnadda Wannasuk 6–2, 6–1
Win 5–1 Dec 2012 ITF Bangkok, Thailand 10,000 Hard   Xin Wen 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 5–2 Apr 2013 ITF Wenshan, China 50,000 Hard   Zhang Yuxuan 6–1, 6–7(4), 2–6
Loss 5–3 May 2013 ITF Gifu, Japan 50,000 Hard   An-Sophie Mestach 6–1, 3–6, 0–6
Win 6–3 Feb 2014 ITF New Delhi, India 25,000 Hard   Yuliya Beygelzimer 6–1, 6–3
Win 7–3 May 2014 ITF Kurume, Japan 50,000 Grass   Eri Hozumi 6–3, 6–1
Win 8–3 May 2014 ITF Tianjin, China 25,000 Hard   Zhu Lin 6–3, 6–2
Win 9–3 Aug 2014 ITF Wuhan, China 50,000 Hard   Luksika Kumkhum 6–2, 6–2
Win 10–3 Jul 2015 ITF Bangkok, Thailand 25,000 Hard   Zhang Kailin 6–2, 6–4
Loss 10–4 Jul 2015 ITF Tianjin, China 25,000 Hard   Duan Yingying 6–4, 6–7(2), 0–3 ret.
Win 11–4 Mar 2016 ITF Quanzhou, China 50,000 Hard   Liu Fangzhou 6–2, 6–2
Win 12–4 Apr 2016 ITF Shenzhen, China 50,000 Hard   Mayo Hibi 6–2, 6–0
Loss 12–5 May 2016 ITF Gifu, Japan 75,000 Hard   Hiroko Kuwata 2–6, 6–2, 4–6
Win 13–5 Jul 2016 ITF Wuhan, China 50,000 Hard   Luksika Kumkhum 7–5, 6–2

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2010 ITF Makinohara, Japan 25,000 Carpet   Kao Shao-yuan   Lu Jiajing
  Lu Jiaxiang
5–7, 6–1, [9–11]
Win 1–1 Oct 2010 ITF Taipei, Taiwan 10,000 Hard (i)   Kao Shao-yuan   Juan Ting-fei
  Zheng Saisai
6–3, 7–6(2)

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

Season 2013 2018 2019 2020 Total
Wins 1 4 1 1 7
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd. Score QW Rank
2013
1.   Caroline Wozniacki No. 10 Malaysian Open, Malaysia Hard 1R 2–6, 7–6(1), 6–1 No. 186
2018
2.   Venus Williams No. 9 French Open, France Clay 1R 6–4, 7–5 No. 91
3.   Karolína Plíšková No. 7 Wuhan Open, China Hard 2R 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 No. 34
4.   Karolína Plíšková No. 7 China Open, China Hard 3R 6–4, 6–4 No. 28
5.   Elina Svitolina No. 5 Hong Kong Open, China Hard QF 6–2, 6–4 No. 24
2019
6.   Ashleigh Barty No. 2 US Open, United States Hard 4R 6–2, 6–4 No. 18
2020
7.   Serena Williams No. 9 Australian Open, Australia Hard 3R 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 7–5 No. 29


ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Oduwole brains behind tourism exposure". Retrieved 25 January 2020.
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  8. ^ "US Open: Casey Dellacqua fires past Qiang Wang to reach third round for first time, Samantha Stosur crumbles". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  9. ^ Livaudais, Stephanie (3 November 2018). "Wang routs Muguruza to reach historic Zhuhai final against Barty". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  10. ^ Bradford, Brendan (23 January 2020). "Australian Open 2020: Serena Williams shocked by China's Qiang Wang in third round upset". Sporting News.
  11. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (23 January 2020). "Serena Williams Loses at Australian Open". The New York Times.
  12. ^ "Grand Slam performances - Singles & Doubles".
  13. ^ "Player & Career overview".

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