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Coached by Liu Shuo ... Father, Zhang Zhi Qiang, was a soccer player; mother, Wang Feng Qin, was a basketball player ... Started playing tennis at age 6 when parents took her to local club ... Favorite surface is hardcourts ... Started working with Chinese Tennis Association at age 12 ... Idolized Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal ... Best tennis memory was playing mixed doubles with Pete Sampras in 2011, winning Guangzhou in 2013, and reaching the 2016 Australian Open QF ... Relaxes by listening to music, taking photos and exploring the places she travels to.
Winner (2): 2017 - Guangzhou, 125/Honolulu; 2013 - Guangzhou, 125/Nanjing.
Finalist (1): 2020 - Hobart; 2016 - 125/Honolulu.
Winner (8): 2019 - Australian Open (w/Stosur); 2018 - Istanbul (w/Liang), Hiroshima (w/Hozumi), Hong Kong (w/Stosur); 2014 - Pattaya City (w/Peng); 2013 - 125/Ningbo (w/Y.Chan); 2012 - Estoril (w/Chuang), Guangzhou (w/Tanasugarn); 2011 - Osaka (w/Date-Krumm).
Finalist (7): 2019 - Nanchang (w/Peng); 2017 - Birmingham (w/H. Chan), Zhuhai (w/Lu); 2014 - Hobart (w/Raymond); 2013 - Kuala Lumpur (w/Husarova), Osaka (w/Stosur); 2012 - Monterrey (w/Date-Krumm).
Chinese Fed Cup Team, 2007, 2009-10, 2012, 2014-15; Chinese Olympic Team, 2012, 2016.
Career in Review
2018 - Third straight Top 50 season (finishing No.95); SF three times at Prague (l. to Kvitova), Hiroshima (l. to Anisimova) and Hong Kong (l. to Yastremska); QF four time at Budapest, Acapulco, Nanchang and Beijing; reached 3r twice, 2r eight times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros); fell 1r eight times (incl. other two majors); fell in RR stage at Zhuhai (went 0-2); won three WTA doubles titles.
2017 - Second consecutive Top 50 season (at No.36 – down from career-best No.24 in 2016) and fifth non-consecutive Top 100 season.; China’s second No.2 ranked player of five inside the Top 100; season highlighted by second career singles title at Guangzhou (d. Krunic in final); reached QF at Doha (l. Ka.Pliskova) and New Haven (l. Mertens); in doubles, R-Up at 2017 Birmingham (w/H.Chan); won 19th and 20th ITF Circuit singles title of career in 2017.
2016 - First Top 30 season (finishing No.23); SF three times at Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. to Siniakova), Seoul (l. to Niculescu) and Zhuhai (l. to Kvitova); QF twice at Australian Open (l. to Konta) and Beijing (l. to Konta); reached 3r twice (incl. US Open) and 2r seven times (incl. Roland Garros and Olympics); fell 1r five times (incl. Wimbledon).
2015 - Reached 2r four times; fell 1r eight times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros) and in qualifying six times (incl. other two majors); won one singles title on ITF Circuit; struggled w/left hip injury in spring (withdrew from Acapulco, Monterrey and Indian Wells).
2014 - Another near-Top 50 season (finishing No.62); SF three times at Acapulco ret. vs. Cibulkova w/right arm injury), Kuala Lumpur (l. to Vekic) and Birmingham (l. to Ivanovic); QF at Rome; reached 2r five times (incl. Charleston - l. to Tomljanovic 46 76(4) 63; held 4mp in second set - 3mp at 5-4 and 1mp at 6-5); fell 1r 15 times (incl. all four majors) and in qualifying once; made Top 50 debut on February 3 (rose from No.51 to No.49) and set career-high No.30 on July 7; won one WTA doubles title; struggled during season w/right arm injury (retired in Acapulco SFs and withdrew from New Haven, Hong Kong and Guangzhou).
2013 - Near-Top 50 season (finishing No.51); won one WTA title at Guangzhou (d. King in final - fifth Chinese to win a WTA title after Li Na, Zheng Jie, Yan Zi and Sun Tiantian); reached 2r four times; fell in qualifying seven times (incl. US Open); more than halved ranking in fall - left US Open ranked No.106 and finished No.51 on November 4 year-end rankings (won 19 of 23 matches across all levels); won one WTA 125K Series singles title and one WTA 125K Series doubles title; also won one singles title on ITF Circuit.
2012 - Reached 2r twice; fell 1r four times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros) and in qualifying six times (incl. other two majors); won two WTA doubles titles.
2011 - QF at Copenhagen; reached 2r six times; fell 1r 15 times (incl. all four majors) and in qualifying four times.
2010 - First Top 100 season; SF at Guangzhou (l. to Kudryavtseva); fell 1r three times (incl. Roland Garros) and in qualifying six times (incl. other three majors); made Top 100 debut on August 9 (rose from No.113 to No.99); won two singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2009 - Reached 3r once (Beijing - d. Safina en route, lowest-ranked player ever to beat a World No.1, at No.226); fell in qualifying three times (incl. US Open); won three singles titles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2008 - Fell 1r six times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying four times (incl. Australian Open and Roland Garros).
2007 - Fell 1r three times and in qualifying seven times (incl. Australian Open and US Open); won five singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2006 - Played first WTA main draw at Guangzhou, falling 1r (as WC); fell in qualifying at Beijing; won four singles titles and two doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2005 - Continued to play on ITF Circuit.
2004 - Continued to play on ITF Circuit.
2003 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.