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Zhang Shuai
张帅
Zhang WM19 (16) (48521849352).jpg
Country (sports) China
ResidenceTianjin, China
Born (1989-01-21) 21 January 1989 (age 31)
Tianjin, China
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro2003
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachLiu Shuo
Prize moneyUS$6,790,726
Official websitezhang-shuai.com
Singles
Career record482–342 (58.5%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 23 (14 November 2016)
Current rankingNo. 35 (23 November 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQF (2016)
French Open4R (2020)
WimbledonQF (2019)
US Open3R (2016, 2017, 2019)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2016)
Doubles
Career record241–197 (55.0%)
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 9 (20 May 2019)
Current rankingNo. 27 (23 November 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2019)
French OpenQF (2019)
Wimbledon3R (2011)
US OpenSF (2018)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsSF (2019)
Olympic Games2R (2016)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French OpenQF (2019)
Wimbledon3R (2019)
US OpenSF (2018)
Team competitions
Fed Cup13–8
Last updated on: 23 November 2020.

Zhang Shuai (Chinese: 张帅; pinyin: Zhāng Shuài; Mandarin pronunciation: [ʈʂáŋ ʂwâi]; born 21 January 1989) is a Chinese professional tennis player. She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 23, achieved on 14 November 2016, and a highest doubles ranking of 9, reached on 20 May 2019. Zhang has won 24 singles titles: 20 on the ITF Circuit, two on the WTA Tour – both at the Guangzhou International Women's Open – and two on tournaments of the WTA 125K series. In doubles, she has won 17 titles (8 ITF, 8 WTA, 1 WTA 125K), including the 2019 Australian Open, partnered with Samantha Stosur.

Zhang won her first singles match in a Grand Slam tournament at the 2016 Australian Open, where, as a qualifier, she defeated world No. 2, Simona Halep, en-route to the quarterfinals.[1] Zhang had lost all 14 of her main-draw Grand Slam matches up to that point, a stretch that started with the 2008 US Open, and was considering retirement. She also reached the quarterfinals at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Alongside Li Na, Zheng Jie, Peng Shuai, and Wang Qiang, Zhang is one of only five Chinese tennis players to have reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament.[2]

Career[edit]

Zhang, born in Tianjin, started playing tennis at the age of six, when her parents took her to a local tennis club.

She turned professional in 2003 and played her first singles event in Mollerusa in August of that year. After defeating Matilde Munoz-Gonzalves in the first qualifying round, she lost to Laura Figuerola-Foix.[3] After a full year on the ITF Women's Circuit, Zhang finished 2004 with a year-end ranking of 901st.

She enjoyed considerable success in singles on ITF tournaments, having won one $50k event, eight $25k and three $10k events between 2006 and 2009. As of October 2009, however, she had won only two main-draw tournaments on the WTA Tour. She won her first WTA singles title at the 2013 Guangzhou International Women's Open as a wildcard entrant.

2012[edit]

Zhang started her year at the Blossom Cup in Quanzhou. She defeated Nudnida Luangnam and Anna Floris in the first and second rounds, respectively, before falling to Tímea Babos in the quarterfinals. At the Australian Open, she had received a wildcard and was beaten by Aleksandra Wozniak in the first round, in straight sets. It was her seventh first-round loss in a major tournament.

At the Monterrey Open, she lost to Gréta Arn in the first round. Next, Zhang went to Indian Wells to play at the BNP Paribas Open where she was a qualifier. She lost to Simona Halep in the first round. At the French Open, she lost in the first round to Angelique Kerber.

Zhang competed at the Olympic Games tournament in the women's doubles with Li Na, reaching the second round.[4]

2013: First WTA title[edit]

Started the year as the top-seed at the ITF tournament Innisbrook Open in Florida on clay with a first-round loss to 468th ranked wildcard Asia Muhammad.[5] Skipping the Australian Open and remaining in Florida for another ITF clay-court tournament, the $25k Tesoro Women's Open in Port St. Lucie losing to 214th ranked and fourth seed Tadeja Majerič in the semifinal. In doubles, she and partner Sharon Fichman were seeded second and lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual winners, qualifiers Angelina Gabueva & Allie Will.[6] Zhang entered three WTA Tour tournaments and played doubles with Janette Husárová: as the third seed in the qualifying draw, lost to 647th ranked Abigail Spears in the first round of the qualifier in the Qatar Open in Doha and lost to Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur in second round;[7] lost to 61st ranked Anabel Medina Garrigues in the second round of qualifying in the Dubai Championships and lost to Julia Görges & Angelique Kerber in straight sets in the first round.[8] and lost to 23rd and second seeded Hsieh Su-wei in the second round in the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur and lost to second seeded team of Shuko Aoyama & Chang Kai-chen in an exciting final. Returning stateside losing to 131st ranked wild card Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the qualifying final of the Sony Open in Miami Teaming up with Megan Moulton-Levy, lost in the second round to third seeded Nadia Petrova & Katarina Srebotnik.[9] Lost to Petra Rampre (No. 282) in the first qualifying round as the seventh seed in the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Zhang & Moulton-Levy lost in the semifinal to the top-seeded team of Andrea Hlaváčková & Liezel Huber.[10] Playing as the fifth seed in the ITF's Legacy Credit Union Women's 25K Pro Circuit Challenger in Pelham, Alabama, she lost to the 197th ranked Ashleigh Barty in the second round.[11] Playing in her first final as the eighth seed at the Dothan Pro Tennis Classic, lost to Ajla Tomljanović (No. 171).[12] As the seventh seed in the Clay Court Classic in Charlottesville, Virginia, she lost to 381st ranked wildcard Allie Will in the first round.[13]

Zhang entered the doubles tournament in the Madrid Open with Zheng Jie as the seventh seeded team and lost in the first round to Kristina Mladenovic & Galina Voskoboeva.[14] In Rome, she lost to the fifth-seeded Madison Keys (No. 60) at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in the first qualifying round.[15] Again partnering with Zheng, the eighth-seeded team lost to Dominika Cibulková & Monica Niculescu in the opening round.[16] They also entered the qualifying draw for the Brussels Open qualifying for the main draw,[17] and lost in the second round to the fourth-seeded (No. 17) Sloane Stephens.[18] Zhang entered the French Open doubles with Zheng as the 13th seeds losing to the second-seeded team of Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká in the third round. She also entered the mixed-doubles tournament with Julian Knowle losing in the second round to the fifth-seeded team of Kristina Mladenovic & Daniel Nestor.[19] She then played in the National Games of China in Dalian with team members Duan Yingying, Peng Shuai and Zheng Saisai representing Tianjin in the team competition winning the gold medal over Team Shanghai.[20] Zhang entered Wimbledon doubles with Moulton-Levy losing to the 12th seeded team of Ashleigh Barty & Casey Dellacqua in the second round. Entered the mixed-doubles tournament once again with Knowle losing in the first round to Barty & John Peers.[21] At the Beijing International Challenger, she, as the third seed, made her second final of the year beating the top-seed Misaki Doi. In the final, she defeated the fourth-seeded Zhou Yimiao winning her first title since 31 May 2010, at the Infond Open in Maribor.[22][23] Zhang played in the National Games of China in Dalian for the individual finals in the end of July. Playing as the third seed, she lost in the second round (after receiving a bye) to 728th ranked Zhang Kailin from Hubei.[24] In the doubles tournament, as the top seed with Peng, she won the gold medal in a walkover when the second team from Tianjin, Xu Yifan and Zheng Saisai withdrew because Zheng's injury from her semifinal singles match.[25]

Zhang entered the Suzhou Ladies Open as the fourth seed, and lost to the unranked Zheng Saisai (No. 195) in the quarterfinal.[26] At the Western & Southern Open doubles event in Mason, Ohio, she lost with Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round to Vera Dushevina and Sílvia Soler Espinosa.[27] Then, she entered the qualifying event at New Haven. After beating the 12th seeded Johanna Larsson (No. 68) in the first round, she lost to eventual qualifier Anna Karolína Schmiedlová (No. 107) in the second round.[28] Seeded fifth at the qualifying event for the US Open, she defeated Julie Coin in the first round but lost to CoCo Vandeweghe (No. 192) in second.[29] She entered the doubles tournament with Yaroslava Shvedova losing to Alla Kudryavtseva & Anastasia Rodionova in the first round.[29] At the ITF event in Sanya, China as the second seed, she lost to Zheng Saisai in straight sets in the first round.[30] Zhang entered the Guangzhou International Open as a wildcard, winning her first WTA singles title over qualifier Vania King (No. 124).[31] She also entered the doubles tournament with Shvedova losing in the first round to the fourth-seeded team of Tímea Babos & Olga Govortsova.[32] At the Ningbo International Open, she lost in the final round to the top seeded Bojana Jovanovski (No. 41).[33] She entered the doubles competition with Chan Yung-jan winning the title over the fourth-seeded team of Irina Buryachok & Oksana Kalashnikova.[34] As a wildcard at the China Open in Beijing, she lost to tenth seed Roberta Vinci (No. 12) in three sets in the second round.[35] She received a wildcard in the doubles tournament with Shvedova losing to Chan Yung-jan and Zheng Jie in the first round in three sets.[36]

Zhang played at the HP Open in Osaka losing to the sixth seed Madison Keys (No. 39) in the second round.[37] She entered the doubles tournament with Samantha Stosur losing in straight sets to the second seeded team of Kristina Mladenovic & Flavia Pennetta in the final.[38] At the Nanjing Ladies Open, as the third seed, she won her third title of the year beating the fourth seed Ayumi Morita (No. 63) in match shortened by retirement after one set.[39] Zhang also reached the final in doubles with Shvedova as the top-seeded team losing to the team of Misaki Doi & Xu Yifan in straight sets.[40] She reached No. 51 as a career-high in singles on 4 November 2013.[41] She entered the Taipei Ladies Open on carpet as the third seed, and lost in the first round to Katarzyna Piter (No. 122) retired after first game in the second set being down a set.[42] and played in the doubles competition with Kimiko Date-Krumm as the top-seeded team; they lost to the team of Misaki Doi & Hsieh Shu-ying in the first round, in three sets.[43]

2014[edit]

Zhang started the season in the Shenzhen Open as the sixth seed losing to Chan Yung-jan in the first round,[44] and played in the doubles tournament with Zheng Saisai as the top seeds losing in the quarterfinal round to Monica Niculescu & Klára Zakopalová.[45] Next, in the Hobart International, she lost to the seventh-seeded Zakopalová in the second round.[46] She reached the doubles final with Lisa Raymond as the second seeded team losing again to Niculescu & Zakopalová in a match decided in the super tie-break.[47] Zhang's winless streak in the Grand Slam tournaments reached nine as she had a disappointing opening-round loss to Mona Barthel in the Australian Open.[48]

She also lost in first round with Kimiko Date-Krumm in doubles against the seventh-seeded team of Andrea Hlaváčková & Lucie Šafářová.[49] She suffered another first-round lost to the wild card and the second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the PTT Pattaya Open.[50] After being three games from losing the doubles finals in the second, she and partner Peng Shuai as the fourth-seeded team rallied back to defeat the third-seeded team of Kudryavtseva & Rodionova in a thrilling match decided by a super tie-break.[51] In early February, Zhang competed in the Fed Cup for China in Astana.[52][53] Partnering with Fangzhou Liu, Zhang lost the deciding doubles match against Uzbekistan's Nigina Abduraimova & Sabina Sharipova in the first round-robin match.[54] She teamed with Peng Shuai in a straight-set victory against South Korea's team of Han Na-lae & Yoo Mi in the second match.[55] In the third round, she beat Chinese Taipei's Juan Ting-fei in second singles rubber and teamed with Wang Qiang to defeat the team of Juan & Lee Ya-hsuan.[56] Later in the same month, Zhang lost to qualifier Petra Cetkovská in the second round in the Qatar Open.[57] In the doubles competition with Lisa Raymond, she lost in straight sets to the top-seeded team of Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci in the second round.[58] She failed to qualify for the Dubai Championships. Playing as the eighth seed, she lost to Karolína Plíšková in the second qualifier.[59] Partnering with Lisa Raymond, she lost in the second round of the doubles draw against Hlaváčková & Šafářová.[60] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel as the eighth seed, she reached the semifinal round only to retire because of her shoulder to top-seeded Dominika Cibulková after six games.[61] With Chuang Chia-jung in doubles, she lost to the second seeds Kristina Mladenovic & Galina Voskoboeva in the quarterfinal round.[62] At the Indian Wells Masters, Zhang lost to Mladenovic in the first round,[63] and withdrew from the doubles competition because of her shoulder injury.[64] At the Miami Masters, she suffered another first-round loss against Lauren Davis.[65] Zhang also withdrew from the Oaks Club Challenger with a shoulder injury.[66]

She began the clay-court season at the Family Circle Cup as the 16th seed losing to Ajla Tomljanović in the second round,[67] but reached the semifinal round at the Malaysian Open as the second seed losing to the seventh seed and eventual winner Donna Vekić.[68] As the seventh seed, she lost to Polona Hercog in the first round at the Marrakech Grand Prix.[69] At the Portugal Open, she lost to seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round.[70] and reached the quarterfinal round with Sílvia Soler Espinosa losing to the top-seeded team of Cara Black & Sania Mirza the doubles competition.[71] Another first-round loss came at the Madrid Open against wild card Irina-Camelia Begu.[72] Partnering with Janette Husárová in doubles, Zhang lost to the eighth-seeded team of Julia Görges and Anna-Lena Grönefeld in the first round.[73] She defeated Petra Kvitová in the second round of the Italian Open in three exciting sets.[74] In her win, she reached 300 victories and her second top-10 victory.[75][76] Lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinal. She entered the doubles with Monica Niculescu withdrawing with a shoulder injury against Casey Dellacqua & Klaudia Jans-Ignacik in the second round.[77] Zhang withdrew from the Internationaux de Strasbourg. Her winless streak in the Grand Slam events reached ten as she lost to third seed Agnieszka Radwańska at Roland Garros in two sets.[78] She entered the doubles with Ajla Tomljanović losing to Gabriela Dabrowski & Alicja Rosolska in the first round.[79]

Zhang began her grass-court season at the Aegon Classic as the ninth seed, losing to the top-seed and eventual champion Ana Ivanovic in the semifinal.[80] Played in the doubles competition with Caroline Garcia losing to the second-seeded team of Ashleigh Barty & Casey Dellacqua in the semifinal round.[81] Lost at the Eastbourne International to Varvara Lepchenko in the first round.[82] Suffered another first-round loss in a Grand Slam event, the streak reached eleven as she lost at Wimbledon against 15th seed Carla Suárez Navarro in straight sets.[83] Partnering with Yanina Wickmayer in doubles, lost the 11th-seeded team of Alla Kudryavtseva & Anastasia Rodionova in the first round. She then entered the mixed doubles with Nicholas Monroe losing to the 13th-seeded team of Bruno Soares & Martina Hingis in the second round.[84]

She withdrew from the Baku Cup and started preparing for the US Open at the Bank of the West Classic, but lost to qualifier Sachia Vickery in the first round.[85] She entered the doubles competition with Caroline Garcia losing to the third-seeded team of Garbiñe Muguruza & Carla Suárez Navarro in the quarterfinals.[86] She suffered another first-round loss at the Rogers Cup against qualifier CoCo Vandeweghe.[87] Zhang played doubles with Samantha Stosur losing against the sixth-seeded team of Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears in the first round.[88] Lost to 12th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second round at the Western & Southern Open.[89] She was scheduled to play doubles with Stosur again, but withdrew with an injured right arm.[90] The Grand Slam losing-streak reached twelve as she lost to Mona Barthel in the first round at the US Open seeded 32nd.[91]

In September, Zhang withdrew from the Hong Kong Open and Guangzhou Open. She played in the Asian Games in the team event with Duan Yingying, Zheng Jie and Zheng Saisai. Zhang won her quarterfinal singles and doubles (with Zheng Jie) matches, but dropped the deciding doubles match in the final earning a silver metal. She lost in the first round to Caroline Garcia at the China Open,[92] and played in the doubles with Samantha Stosur losing to Jarmila Gajdošová & Ajla Tomljanović in the first round.[93]

2016: First Grand Slam quarterfinal[edit]

Zhang started new season at the Shenzhen Open. In the first round, she beat fellow wildcard Irina Khromacheva in straight sets before losing to top-seed and eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska in the second.[94]

Prior to the Australian Open, Zhang was contemplating retirement due to a lack of success in majors, having not won a match in a main draw in 14 attempts.[95] She successfully qualified for the main draw by beating Mandy Minella, Tereza Martincová and Virginie Razzano. In the first round, Zhang caused a huge upset by defeating world No. 2, Simona Halep, in straight sets, finally ending her drought on the 15th attempt. Both her and her coach were seen in tears during the time between the match and the on-court interview, as well as the interview itself, where Zhang broke down in tears of joy. Following subsequent victories over Alizé Cornet and Varvara Lepchenko, she then proceeded to reach the fourth round[96][97] where she defeated an injured Madison Keys in three sets and proceeded to the quarterfinals where she was defeated by Johanna Konta in straight sets. She became the fourth ever Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal after Li Na, Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai.[2] This run earnt her the Breakthrough Performance of the Month Award by WTA for January, as she received 44% of the votes in a poll on the official WTA website.[98] She also moved 68 places up the rankings, from 133rd to 65th, thus becoming the new Chinese No. 1.[99]

In February, Zhang returned to the ITF Circuit in Rancho Santa Fe. She won five matches to claim the Morgan Run Women's Open title, culminating in a three-set victory over Vania King.[100] At the 2016 Olympics, she competed in both the singles and doubles (with Peng Shuai). She reached the second round in both events.[4] Zhang finished her breakthrough year with a career-high ranking of 23.

2017–2018: Second WTA title[edit]

In September 2017, Zhang won her second WTA Tour title at the Guangzhou Open. Seeded second, she reached the final without dropping a set and defeated the unseeded Serbian Aleksandra Krunić in the final in three sets to win the title for the second time.[101]

In 2018, Zhang reached the semifinals in Prague and Hiroshima. After defeating Angelique Kerber, she lost to Naomi Osaka in the quarterfinals of China Open where she won the first set. She also triumphed in doubles in Istanbul and Hiroshima, partnering Liang Chen and Eri Hozumi respectively.

2019: Australian doubles champion and Wimbledon quarterfinalist[edit]

Zhang won the biggest title of her career at the 2019 Australian Open. With home favorite Samantha Stosur, Zhang won her maiden major doubles title, upsetting defending champions Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets.[102] She became the fourth player from mainland China to win a Grand Slam women's doubles title, after Zheng Jie, Yan Zi and Peng Shuai. The pair also reached the final at Miami, where they lost to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets.

In the Wimbledon Championships, Zhang reached the second quarterfinal of a Grand Slam singles event of her career, before losing to Simona Halep in straight sets.

Personal life[edit]

Zhang is coached by Liu Shuo. Her parents are Zhang Zhiqiang (a former football player) and Wang Fengqin (a former basketball player).[103] She has spoken of opening a coffee bar when she retires.[95] Her English name is Rose.[97]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam tournament performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (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.

Singles[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open Q1 Q3 A Q1 1R 1R A 1R 1R QF 2R 2R 3R 3R 0 / 9 10–9 53%
French Open A Q2 A 1R 1R 1R A 1R 1R 2R 3R 2R 2R 4R 0 / 10 8–10 44%
Wimbledon A A A Q2 1R Q2 A 1R Q3 1R 1R 1R QF NH 0 / 6 4–6 40%
US Open Q2 1R Q2 Q2 1R Q3 Q2 1R Q2 3R 3R 1R 3R 1R 0 / 8 6–8 43%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–4 0–2 0–0 0–4 0–2 7–4 5–4 2–4 9–4 5–3 0 / 33 28–33 46%
Career statistics
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Career total: 2
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 Career total: 3
Year-end ranking 155 212 153 91 126 122 51 62 186 23 36 35 46 $6,790,726

Doubles[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open A 2R 1R A 1R 1R A 2R A W 1R 1 / 7 8–6 57%
French Open A 2R 3R 3R 1R A 1R 1R 1R QF 3R 0 / 9 10–9 53%
Wimbledon 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R A 2R 1R 1R 2R NH 0 / 9 6–9 40%
US Open A 2R QF 1R A A 2R QF SF 1R 1R 0 / 8 12–8 60%
Win–Loss 1–1 5–4 5–4 3–3 0–3 0–1 2–3 4–4 4–3 10–3 2–3 1 / 33 36–32 53%
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 158 49 34 57 63 447 234 64 33 10

Grand Slam tournaments[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2019 Australian Open Hard Australia Samantha Stosur Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
6–3, 6–4

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