Zheng Saisai

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.

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

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 backgroundEdit

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 careerEdit

2008–11: ITF debutEdit

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 doublesEdit

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 doublesEdit

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 singlesEdit

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–upEdit

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 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.
  • 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.

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[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 A 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 NH 0 / 2 1–4 20%
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 2R Not Held 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A A Q1 A 1R Q2 A A 1R NH 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Miami Open A A A A 2R 1R A A 1R NH 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Madrid Open A A A A A Q1 2R A 3R NH 0 / 2 3–2 60%
China Open 1R 1R Q1 A 1R 1R A 2R 3R NH 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 A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Canadian Open A A A A A 1R A A 1R NH 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Cincinnati Open A A A A A 1R A A 2R A 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Pan Pacific / Wuhan Open[3] A A A A 1R 1R A 2R A NH 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.

DoublesEdit

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 A 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 finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

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

WTA career finalsEdit

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   Wang Qiang 5–7, 0–4 ret.
Win 1–1 Aug 2019 Silicon Valley Classic, United States Premier Hard   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   Hsieh Su-wei   Chan Chin-wei
  Han Xinyun
6–2, 6–1
Loss 1–1 Apr 2014 Malaysian Open,
Malaysia
International Hard   Chan Yung-jan   Tímea Babos
  Chan Hao-ching
3–6, 4–6
Loss 1–2 May 2015 Internationaux de Strasbourg,
France
International Clay   Nadiia Kichenok   Chuang Chia-jung
  Liang Chen
6–4, 4–6, [10–12]
Win 2–2 Aug 2015 Silicon Valley Classic,
United States
Premier Hard   Xu Yifan   Anabel Medina Garrigues
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
6–1, 6–3
Win 3–2 Oct 2015 Tianjin Open,
China
International Hard   Xu Yifan   Darija Jurak
  Nicole Melichar
6–2, 3–6, [10–8]
Loss 3–3 Jan 2016 Shenzhen Open,
China
International Hard   Xu Yifan   Vania King
  Monica Niculescu
1–6, 4–6
Win 4–3 Mar 2019 Mexico Open,
Mexico
International Hard   Victoria Azarenka   Desirae Krawczyk
  Giuliana Olmos
6–1, 6–2
Loss 4–4 Jun 2019 French Open,
France
Grand Slam Clay   Duan Yingying   Tímea Babos
  Kristina Mladenovic
2–6, 3–6
Loss 4–5 Jan 2020 Shenzhen Open,
China[6]
International Hard   Duan Yingying   Barbora Krejčíková
  Kateřina Siniaková
2–6, 6–3, [4–10]
Loss 4–6 Feb 2020 Dubai Championships,
United Arab Emirates
Premier Hard   Barbora Krejčíková   Hsieh Su-wei
  Barbora Strýcová
5–7, 6–3, [5–10]

WTA 125 series finalsEdit

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   Shahar Pe'er 2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Win 1–1 Sep 2015 Dalian Open, China Hard   Julia Glushko 2–6, 6–1, 7–5
Win 2–1 Apr 2018 Zhengzhou Open, China Hard   Wang Yafan 5–7, 6–2, 6–1
Loss 2–2 May 2018 Kunming Open, China Clay   Irina Khromacheva 6–3, 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Win 3–2 Apr 2019 Kunming Open, China Clay   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   Chang Kai-chen   Chan Chin-wei
  Wang Yafan
6–3, 4–6, [10–3]
Win 2–0 Sep 2015 Dalian Open, China Hard   Zhang Kailin   Chan Chin-wei
  Darija Jurak
6–3, 6–4

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

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   Sabina Sharipova 7–5, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Apr 2010 ITF Ningbo, China 10,000 Hard   Tian Ran 6–2, 6–3
Loss 1–2 Jun 2010 ITF Hefei, China 10,000 Hard   Duan Yingying 6–3, 6–4
Win 2–2 Oct 2010 ITF Taipei, Taiwan 10,000 Hard   Zhang Ling 6–3, 6–3
Loss 2–3 Jan 2011 ITF Muzaffarnagar, India 25,000 Grass   Tadeja Majerič 6–2, 5–7, 6–2
Loss 2–4 Jan 2011 Burnie International, Australia 25,000 Hard   Eugenie Bouchard 6–4, 6–3
Loss 2–5 Apr 2012 ITF Wenshan, China 50,000 Hard   Hsieh Su-wei 6–3, 6–3
Win 3–5 May 2012 Kurume Cup, Japan 50,000 Grass   Monique Adamczak 7–5, 6–2
Win 4–5 Oct 2012 ITF Taipei, Taiwan 25,000 Hard   Zarina Diyas 6–4, 6–1
Loss 4–6 Sep 2013 ITF Sanya, China 50,000 Hard   Karolína Plíšková 6–3, 6–4
Win 5–6 May 2014 Kunming Open, China 50,000 Clay   Jovana Jakšić 6–2, 6–3
Win 6–6 Apr 2015 Kangaroo Cup, Japan 75,000 Hard   Naomi Osaka 3–6, 7–5, 6–4
Win 7–6 May 2015 Kunming Open, China (2) 75,000 Clay   Han Xinyun 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 7–7 Mar 2017 Zhuhai Open, China 60,000 Hard   Denisa Allertová 3–6, 6–2, 4–6
Win 8–7 Apr 2017 Industrial Bank Cup, China 60,000 Hard   Liu Fangzhou 6–2, 6–3
Win 9–7 Apr 2017 Kunming Open, China (3) 100,000+H Clay   Zarina Diyas 7–5, 6–4
Win 10–7 Apr 2018 Industrial Bank Cup, China (2) 60,000 Hard   Liu Fangzhou 6–3, 6–1
Win 11–7 Oct 2018 Suzhou Open, China 100,000 Hard   Jana Čepelová 7–5, 6–1
Loss 11–8 Nov 2018 Shenzhen Longhua Open, China 100,000 Hard   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   Tian Ran   Bai Xi
  Zhang Kailin
6–0, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Oct 2010 ITF Taipei,
Taiwan
10,000 Hard   Juan Ting-fei   Kao Shao-yuan
  Wang Qiang
6–3, 7–6(7–2)
Win 2–1 May 2011 ITF Changwon,
South Korea
25,000 Hard   Chan Hao-ching   Yurika Sema
  Erika Takao
6–2, 4–6, [11–9]
Loss 2–2 Aug 2011 Beijing International Challenger,
China
75,000 Hard   Tetiana Luzhanska   Chan Hao-ching
  Chan Yung-jan
6–2, 6–3
Win 3–2 Sep 2011 Ningbo Open,
China
100,000 Hard   Tetiana Luzhanska   Chan Chin-wei
  Han Xinyun
6–4, 5–7, [10–4]
Loss 3–3 Feb 2012 Launceston International,
Australia
25,000 Hard   Hsieh Shu-ying   Kotomi Takahata
  Shuko Aoyama
6–4, 6–4
Win 4–3 Mar 2012 ITF Sanya,
China
25,000 Hard   Erika Sema   Liang Chen
  Zhou Yimiao
6–2, 6–2
Loss 4–4 Mar 2012 ITF Phuket,
Thailand
25,000 Hard   Chan Chin-wei   Natela Dzalamidze
  Marta Sirotkina
4–6, 1–6
Win 5–4 Mar 2012 ITF Phuket,
Thailand
25,000 Hard   Noppawan Lertcheewakarn   Sun Shengnan
  Han Xinyun
6–3, 6–3
Win 6–4 May 2012 Kangaroo Cup,
Japan
50,000 Hard   Jessica Pegula   Chan Chin-wei
  Hsu Wen-hsin
6–4, 3–6, [10–4]
Loss 6–5 Sep 2012 Ningbo Open,
China
100,000 Hard   Tetiana Luzhanska   Shuko Aoyama
  Chang Kai-chen
2–6, 5–7
Loss 6–6 Apr 2014 ITF Nanning,
China
25,000 Hard   Zhang Ling   Zhang Kailin
  Han Xinyun
6–7(8–10), 6–7(3–7)
Win 7–6 May 2014 Empire Slovak Open,
Slovakia
75,000 Clay   Stephanie Vogt   Margarita Gasparyan
  Evgeniya Rodina
6–4, 6–2
Win 8–6 May 2015 Kunming Open,
China
75,000 Hard   Xu Yifan   Yang Zhaoxuan
  Ye Qiuyu
7–5, 6–2
Win 9–6 Jul 2018 Grand Est Open 88,
France
100,000 Clay   An-Sophie Mestach   Prarthana Thombare
  Eva Wacanno
3–6, 6–2, [10–7]
Loss 9–7 Nov 2019 ITF Hua Hin,
Thailand
25,000 Hard   Ng Kwan-yau   Tamarine Tanasugarn
  Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove
2–6, 6–7(5–7)

Summer Youth Olympic GamesEdit

Singles: 1 (1 silver medal)Edit

Result Year Host nation Surface Opponent Score
Silver medal 2010 Singapore Hard   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   Tang Haochen   Jana Čepelová
  Chantal Škamlová
6–4, 3–6, [10–4]

Wins over top 10 playersEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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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