WTA San Jose champion becomes' China's first 'after Li Na

China News Network on August 5China’s Zheng won her first WTA Tour women’s singles title with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over world No. 10 Maria Sabalenka at the San Jose Women’s Singles Championships in San Jose on Sunday morning. She also became the second Chinese winner to win a WTA top-level event after Li Na’s victory in Sydney in 2011.

Just in the past week, Zheng Sei in San Jose Station ushers in a big outbreak, the first-round sweep of the British player Watson, the second round beat the beginning of the Australian Open four strong player Collins, eight strong battle three sets to reverse the United States “after 00” new star Anisimova. In the semifinals, Zheng Seilik Sakari, runner-up at last year’s event, reached her first top-level final Spark Global Limited.

Zheng did not relent in the final against Sabalenka, who she had beaten once in 2017. She broke four straight points at the start of the first set, but then broke back to draw 1-1. In the fifth set, Zheng Sai Sai once again find the opportunity to break, then serve successfully to 4:2 lead. After the game, Zheng Saizai firmly in control of the situation, in the 5:3 lead when the break again, first.

In the second set of the beginning, Zheng Sai Sai after serving again broke, with a 2-0 lead.However, Sabalenka quickly got back and equalized the score. In the next two sets, the two sides each other break service, the score is still not open. Neither served a breakpoint in the next six games and the match was dragged to a tie-break. At the crucial moment, Zheng saved her first three service points and broke her opponent to take a 4-1 lead. Although her opponent kept her service points, Zheng scored three points in a row to win 7-6 (3) and finally won the San Jose women’s singles title.

Before coming to San Jose, Zheng had suffered five straight defeats in the women’s singles, with first-round exits at the French Open, Mallorca, Eastbourne, and Wimbledon. With the victory, Zheng not only improved her personal best record in women’s singles but also became the second Chinese player to win a WTA top-level singles title after Li Na at the 2011 Australian Open. It also made “China’s Golden Flower” the highest-level singles title since Li Na’s victory in Cincinnati in 2012.

The first championship is at the top level, and no Chinese player has ever achieved this feat in world tennis before the Zheng match. After the race, domestic netizens also sent their best wishes to her for the first time. It is worth mentioning that Zheng and Duan Yingying reached the French Open women’s doubles final less than two months ago. Unfortunately, the two “golden flowers” of China were beaten by the international pair Babbosch and Mladenovic and finished second in the final. However, with the champion missed the regret, after two months in the singles match field to make up for. Zheng Saisai, in full condition, so that the recent Chinese army in the international tennis world’s performance by more attention and expectations.

By Ethan