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Coached by Yu Li-Qiao; prefers hardcourts ... Parents, father Wu Ju and mother Xiu Feng, introduced her to tennis at age 8 ... Favorites include the color blue, lilies, pop music, Chinese food and orange juice ... Other sport interest is in football ... Favorite place to visit is London ... Admires Steffi Graf ... Self-desribed as happy and active.
Winner (1): 2006 - Tashkent.
Quarterfinalist (2): 2005 - Hyderabad, Beijing.
Winner (12): 2008 - Bangalore (w/Peng); 2007 - Tokyo [Japan Open], Bangkok (both w/Yan); 2006 - Pattaya City, Estoril, Guangzhou (all w/T.Li); 2005 - Estoril (w/T.Li); 2004 - Olympics, Guangzhou (both w/T.Li); 2003 - Vienna, Québec City, Pattaya City (all w/T.Li).
Finalist (9): 2008 - Guangzhou (w/Yan); 2007 - Charleston (w/Peng), Strasbourg (w/Molik), Birmingham (w/Tu), Guangzhou (w/King); 2006 - Doha (w/T.Li); 2005 - Hyderabad (w/T.Li); 2004 - Hyderabad (w/T.Li); 2003 - Tashkent (w/T.Li).
Winner (1): 2008 - Australian Open (w/Zimonjic).
Chinese Fed Cup Team, 2001-03, 2005-08; Chinese Olympic Team, 2004, 2008.
Career in Review
2000 - Won two ITF Circuit doubles titles.
2001 - Reached first Tour doubles SF at Shanghai (w/Shen) and won two ITF Circuit doubles titles.
2002 - Reached second Tour doubles SF, this time w/T.Li at Shanghai; won two ITF Circuit doubles titles.
2003 - Reached SF at Hyderabad w/T.Li and later won first Tour doubles title together at Vienna; after a SF appearance w/T.Li at Palermo, won back-to-back titles at Québec City and Pattaya City; won seven ITF Circuit doubles titles; qualified at US Open for Grand Slam debut.
2004 - Season highlighted by strong doubles play, incl. historic Olympic gold medal; made Wimbledon debut as qualifier, reaching 2r; also qualified at Amelia Island (l. 2r to Davenport), Gold Coast, Doha, Miami and Charleston (l. 1r at each); in doubles at Olympics (w/T.Li), d. No.2 seeds Martínez/Ruano Pascual 63 63 in final to win Olympic gold medal, China's first tennis medal; also w/T.Li, won title at Guangzhou; runners-up at Hyderabad and SF at Rome, Vienna, Beijing and Miami (ret. vs. Petrova/Shaughnessy after first set when T.Li suffered right knee sprain).
2005 - Season highlighted by first two Tour singles QF and win over S.Williams; QF at Hyderabad (l. to Groenefeld); as WC ranked No.127, repeated effort at Tier II Beijing, stunning No.9 S.Williams en route, falling to Kirilenko (prior to win over Williams, had never beaten a Top 40 player; was also first time since first pro match in 1995 that Williams lost to a non-Top 100 player); missed Wimbledon while competing in Chinese national championships; another impressive season in doubles (w/T.Li), winning sixth career Tour title at Estoril and reaching Hyderabad final; SF three times; on ITF Circuit, won 13th career doubles title (w/T.Li).
2006 - Captured first career Tour singles title at Tashkent (d. WC Tulyaganova 62 64 in final; had never been beyond a QF previously); fourth Chinese singles titlist in Tour history, after Li, Zheng and Yan; afterwards on October 9, surged from No.128 to No.81, a new career-high; reached seven singles 2r, incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon and New Haven (d. No.8 Schnyder 61 63 for second career Top 10 win); 1r at Australian Open (l. to Mauresmo) and US Open; won seventh, eighth and ninth individual (and team) Tour doubles titles w/T.Li, at Pattaya City, Estoril and Guangzhou; 0-1 in China's 4-1 Fed Cup World Group I Play-off victory over Germany.
2007 - Strong season, particularly in doubles; won 10th and 11th career Tour doubles titles in back-to-back weeks at Tokyo [Japan Open] and Bangkok (both w/Yan); runner-up four times, at Charleston (w/Peng; d. Raymond/Stosur en route), Strasbourg (w/Molik), Eastbourne (w/Tu; d. Black/Huber en route) and Guangzhou (w/King); now 11-8 lifetime in Tour doubles finals; having spent only four weeks inside doubles Top 20 previously (consecutively from October 4 until October 31, 2004; peaked at No.18 two of those weeks), returned to Top 20 on August 6, 2007 and stayed inside through November 12 year-end rankings (15 weeks); best singles results were 2r at Auckland, Indian Wells and Guangzhou; fell 1r 12 times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros) and in Tour qualifying five times (incl. US Open); went 0-3 in China's 5-0 Fed Cup World Group 1r loss to Italy and 2-0 in China’s 4-1 Fed Cup World Group Play-off win vs. Belgium.