Chinese Watch: B-Days & Cross-Stitches
Published August 11, 2013 12:00
BEIJING, China - Every month there's a lot happening with the WTA in China - off the court, on the social media pages of Chinese players, hot topics - catch up on the best from July right here...
Peng & Hsieh Victorious At Wimbledon
After beating the No.1 team in the world to win their first WTA doubles title since 2009 at Rome, Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai extended their magical run at Wimbledon. In their first Grand Slam final, Hsieh and Peng edged Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua for their first Grand Slam doubles title.
It was an historic victory for both players - Hsieh became the first player from Chinese Taipei ever to win a Grand Slam title of any kind and Peng was the fifth Chinese player ever to win a Grand Slam title, after Yan Zi and Zheng Jie (doubles), Sun Tiantian (mixed doubles) and Li Na (singles).
"It's very special because I don't think tennis is popular in Taiwan," Hsieh said. "I'm very proud I could win this tournament together with my good friend. It's the first Grand Slam title for us, for Taiwan."
"We met in an ITF team when we were like 13, 14, that's how we started," Peng said of teaming up with Hsieh. "I can still remember her father's words at that time, 'You two girls have a good chance to win Grand Slam titles.' Su-Wei made a phone call to her father right after the final, she was joking like, 'Is your heart still beating?' But for me, I still can't believe we won a Grand Slam title!"
Happy Birthday To Zheng Jie
Thirty is the new twenty! Welcome to the "New Twenty" club - all the best in the rest of the season!
Queen Of The National Games
Four years ago, she won four gold medals at the Chinese National Games; four years later, Peng Shuai defended her titles in the team, doubles, mixed doubles and singles events. Eight gold medals in five years, Peng Shuai is the biggest hero of the Tianjin tennis team. "The National Games are important to me - they're held every four years," Peng said. "I don't know whether I'll play the next National Games four years later as I'll be 31 years old. But I hope I can keep on playing until then."
Weibo Of The Month
If you want to prepare some presents for your favorite players, the cross-stitch down below should be a very good example.
Just received a special gift, like it so much! You a such a genius!
Thank you for everything, it's so nice to have you guys around me.