China’s Wang reaches second round of Wimbledon, Siniakova defeats Zheng


LondonChina’s Wang Jianyu has reached the second round of Wimbledon for the first time. The world number 73 defeated Australian qualifier Storm Hunter in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. The other three Chinese players, Zheng Qinwen, Yuan Yu and Zhu Lin, ended their Wimbledon campaign in the first round, reports Xinhua. Gaiwang suffered a first-round loss in 2021 and had to withdraw from the tournament before the main draw last year due to injury. The 21-year-old Chinese hit 31 winners against her opponent’s 12 to seal the victory in one hour and five minutes. “This time my family has come to London to see me,” Wang said after the match. I am very happy that we have rented an apartment and my parents can cook for me.

Prior to joining the Of England Club, Wang withdrew from the Berlin Open due to a hand injury in the first round against Jamie Fourlis. In a bid to recover more quickly, the French Open doubles champion opted to skip the doubles event, here in London, to focus on singles. Shenzhen-born Wang, a former junior singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon, won a Grand Final in Paris last month. She had her best result at a Slam tournament, where she reached the round of 32 before losing to top seed Inga Swiatek of Poland.

Wang will now face former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in the second round after the 24-year-old triumphed in an all-American encounter during which she beat current world No. 7 Coco Gauff 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Highest-ranked Chinese singles player Zheng, who reached the third round in her Wimbledon debut last year, made an early exit this time, losing 6-3, 7-5 to Czech Katarina Siniakova. Made unforced errors, while his opponent made only 14 errors.

“I had a chance in the match, but I didn’t play well when facing some important points, especially on my serve,” said Zheng. Siniakova won her first singles grass-court title in Bad Homburg before coming to Wimbledon. The seven-time doubles Grand Slam winner will next face Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.

Earlier, Zhu was defeated by world No. 1 Inga Swiatek 6-1, 6-3, while Yuan was defeated by former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Fellow Chinese player Zhang Shuai’s match against Croatia’s Donna Vekic was postponed until Tuesday due to rain.

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