Zheng Jie became the first Chinese player to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open
Zheng Jie became the first Chinese player to reach the quarterfinals at
the Australian Open after she powered past No. 31 seed Alona Bondarenko
of Ukraine 7-6 (4), 6-4 here on Sunday.
Zheng’s performance has no doubt thrilled fans in China, but has also magnified the desultory state of the men’s game, with not a single Chinese man in the singles draw at Melbourne Park. Zheng smiled. “Maybe the men need to work harder.”
“But I think we can go further because you can see Li Na in the fourth round. I hope both of us Chinese players can be in the semi-finals.”