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. On 15 July 2019, Wang reached her best singles ranking of world No. 14.
Wang Qiang at the 2019 French Open
|Born||14 January 1992|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (double-handed backhand)|
|Career record||373–233 (61.6%)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 1 WTA 125K, 13 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 14 (15 July 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 18 (19 August 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2019)|
|French Open||3R (2018)|
|US Open||3R (2018)|
|Career titles||1 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 136 (8 January 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 218 (18 March 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2017, 2018)|
|French Open||2R (2017)|
|US Open||2R (2017)|
|Fed Cup||Record 14–10|
|Last updated on: 28 March 2019.|
At age nine, Wang started playing tennis. 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.
She made her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the 2014 US Open from the qualifying tournament, 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.
2018: Asian Games gold medalist, two WTA titles, world No. 20Edit
Wang also won her first WTA International titles in 2018. Her first came in July at Jiangxi, where she defeated Zheng Saisai in the final. The second one came in September at Guangzhou, where she dropped only four games 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 at the China Open. She first faced 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the second round and defeated her by 6–0, 6–0. In the third round, she defeated Karolína Plíšková for the second time in two weeks in straight sets. In the quarterfinal, she defeated Wuhan Champion Aryna Sabalenka in two very tight sets. Her run eventually ended in the semifinal, at the hands of former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. 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. She made her third final of the year, where she faced 18 year old Dayana Yastremska, and was defeated in straight sets. On 22 October, she reached a new career-high ranking of No. 22.
She had been awarded a wild card to enter 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 leader 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. 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.
Seeded 21st at the Australian Open, Wang defeated Fiona Ferro and Aleksandra Krunić before losing 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 ever quarterfinal at a Premium Mandatory event, where she lost to second seed Simona Halep. At the Prague Open, she was seeded third, reaching the quarterfinals before being upset by Bernarda Pera. Wang failed to advance past the second round at any tournament during the clay 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 before being defeated by Venus Williams in the second round. She subsequently withdrew from the Eastbourne International. At Wimbledon, she was seeded fifteenth. She defeated Vera Lapko and Tamara Zidanšek before being defeated by 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.
WTA Elite TrophyEdit
Singles: 1 (1 runner–up)Edit
|Loss||2018||WTA Elite Trophy||Hard (i)||Ashleigh Barty||3–6, 4–6|
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit
|Win||1–0||Jul 2018||Jiangxi Open Nanchang, 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||International||Hard||Dayana Yastremska||2–6, 1–6|
|Loss||2–2||Nov 2018||Elite Trophy Zhuhai, China||Elite Trophy||Hard (i)||Ashleigh Barty||3–6, 4–6|
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Oct 2017||Hong Kong Open||International||Hard||Lu Jiajing|| Chan Hao-ching
WTA 125 series finalsEdit
Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Oct 2014||Ningbo, China||Hard||Magda Linette||6–3, 5–7, 1–6|
|Win||1–1||Apr 2017||Zhengzhou, China||Hard||Peng Shuai||3–6, 7–6(7–3), 1–1 ret.|
ITF Circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 17 (13 titles, 4 runner–ups)Edit
|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(4–7), 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|
|Win||11–3||Mar 2016||ITF Quanzhou, China||50,000||Hard||Liu Fangzhou||6–2, 6–2|
|Win||12–3||Apr 2016||ITF Shenzhen, China||50,000||Hard||Mayo Hibi||6–2, 6–0|
|Loss||12–4||May 2016||ITF Gifu, Japan||75,000||Hard||Hiroko Kuwata||2–6, 6–2, 4–6|
|Win||13–4||Jul 2016||ITF Wuhan, China||50,000||Hard||Luksika Kumkhum||7–5, 6–2|
Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Sep 2010||ITF Makinohara, Japan||25,000||Carpet||Kao Shao-yuan|| Lu Jiajing
|5–7, 6–1, [9–11]|
|Win||1–1||Oct 2010||ITF Taipei, Taiwan||10,000||Hard (i)||Kao Shao-yuan|| Juan Ting-fei
Only main-draw results on WTA Tour, in Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||Q2||A||1R||2R||1R||1R||3R||0 / 5||3–5||38%|
|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||0 / 5||3–5||38%|
|US Open||Q1||A||A||2R||2R||2R||1R||3R||0 / 5||5–5||50%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–1||1–4||3–4||1–4||4–4||2–1||0 / 18||12–18||40%|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||Not Held||1R||Not Held||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|WTA Elite Trophy||Did Not Qualify||F||0 / 1||2–2||50%|
|Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|Indian Wells Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||4R||4R||0 / 3||6–3||67%|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||QF||0 / 3||3–3||50%|
|Madrid Open||Not Held||A||A||A||3R||1R||1R||0 / 3||2–3||40%|
|China Open||A||1R||Q1||A||2R||1R||1R||SF||0 / 5||4–5||44%|
|Premier 5 tournaments|
|Doha / Dubai Open||A||A||A||A||2R||1R||QF||1R||A||0 / 4||4–4||50%|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||Q2||1R||0 / 2||1–2||33%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Cincinnati Open||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||1R||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Tokyo / Wuhan Opens||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||3R||SF||0 / 2||6–2||75%|
|Overall Win–Loss||0–0||0–3||1–1||1–2||4–14||8–12||24–19||37–21||17–13||2 / 77||81–76||52%|
- 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, tournaments–0, win–loss 0–0.
2007: WTA ranking–778, tournaments–0, win–loss 0–0.
2008: WTA ranking–556, tournaments–0, win–loss 0–0.
2009: WTA ranking–363, tournaments–0, win–loss 0–0.
2010: WTA ranking–291, tournaments–0, win–loss 0–0.
Wins over top-10 playersEdit
|1.||Caroline Wozniacki||No. 10||Malaysian Open||Hard||1st round||2–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–1||No. 186|
|2.||Venus Williams||No. 9||French Open||Clay||1st round||6–4, 7–5||No. 91|
|3.||Karolína Plíšková||No. 7||Wuhan Open, China||Hard||2nd round||6–1, 3–6, 6–3||No. 34|
|4.||Karolína Plíšková||No. 7||China Open||Hard||3rd round||6–4, 6–4||No. 28|
|5.||Elina Svitolina||No. 5||Hong Kong Open||Hard||Quarterfinals||6–2, 6–4||No. 24|
- Caroline Wozniacki loses to Qiang Wang in Malaysian Open
- "Women's Qualifying Singles Draw". Retrieved 22 August 2014.
- "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.
- Livaudais, Stephanie (3 November 2018). "Wang routs Muguruza to reach historic Zhuhai final against Barty". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 3 November 2018.