Zheng Jie

Zheng works overtime before ousting Wozniacki

Zheng Jie urges herself on to victory against Caroline Wozniacki.

Zheng Jie knocked top seed Caroline Wozniacki out of the Brussels Open on Wednesday, just hours after prevailing in a three-set opener held over because of Tuesday's heavy rain.

Friday, 24 May, 2013, 4:56am

Sports Digest, January 1, 2013

Shanghai Shenhua have dismissed reports they will sign David Beckham in January. "It is sheer rumour," a source briefed by boss Zhu Jun said of reports in the British media. "Shenhua has no financial strength to sign another superstar." Zhu brought former Chelsea stars Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba to the Chinese soccer league, but stopped paying them their huge salaries in September when he fought with the five state-owned partners for majority control of the club.

1 Jan 2013 - 5:56am

Sharapova and Zheng serve up a classic

Maria Sharapova came to town looking to test her fitness before she heads down under for the Australian Open.

And Zheng Jie gave the former world No1 one everything she wanted and a little bit more on the opening night of the Hong Kong Tennis Classic.

7 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Zheng hails China's next generation

Zheng Jie has broken new ground for China over the past five years with two grand-slam doubles titles and a stunning run to the singles semi-finals at Wimbledon on her resume.

However, as good as those achievements are, Zheng believes there are even better things to come from China's next generation of players.

6 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Fit-again Zheng aims for better year

A stronger, fitter and injury-free Zheng Jie is ready to start the new year with a bang - kicking off at the Hong Kong Classic at Victoria Park next month.

Zheng, the only Chinese player to reach a grand slam singles semi-final, refuses to set any targets for 2010, apart from being in the world's elite.

23 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Sick Jankovic races to recover for Oz

Jelena Jankovic had put a brave face on some indifferent form this week - and many at the JB Group Classic were wondering what was wrong with the Serbian world number one.

Yesterday the 23-year-old came clean.

11 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Happy to be watching from the sidelines

Former Britain Davis Cup captain Joy Tacon competed in a previous incarnation of the JB Group Classic in the 1980s, but these days she is happy just to be watching. Tacon is a former Hong Kong doubles champion and her involvement in the game doesn't end there: 'Sometimes, I nip up to the box and commentate on the Classic for radio station RTHK,' she said.

11 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Plucky Zhang ready to dig deep against big guns

Youngster relishes chance of a lifetime

The sun is still trying to fight its way above the upper reaches of Ma On Shan when Zhang Ling steps out on the court.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Li insists China has a long way to go yet

While China might dominate the women's game in Asia, top mainland player Li Na believes they still have a long way to go before they can be considered a significant force on the world stage - particularly on the men's circuit.

3 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Li, Zheng to the fore as world takes notice of China's might

If ever there was conclusive proof that the mainstream tennis world was taking Chinese players more seriously, it came on the sun-drenched first Wednesday of the US Open.

In the compact seating of court 13 at Flushing Meadows watching the second-round match between Li Na and Italy's Sara Errani was Richard Williams, father and coach of the Williams sisters.

1 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

No 13: Zheng Jie & Yan Zi

Name: Zheng Jie

Date of Birth: July 5, 1983 in Sichuan

Olympic entry: women's doubles (tennis)

Career highlights: Won women's doubles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006.

Name: Yan Zi

Date of Birth: November 12, 1984 in Sichuan

28 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Wilful Peng agrees to toe the line, but only up to a point

Chinese ace says grand slams just as important as Olympics

On the practice court before her semi-final at Victoria Park, China's Peng Shuai accompanied her double-handed ground strokes with a smattering of apologies.

'Sorry,' she called out in English to her hitting partner.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Zheng joins Li on US Open sidelines

China's grand slam doubles champion Zheng Jie will skip the US Open because of injury, following hot on the heels of the withdrawal of Li Na, another of the country's poster girls in the sport.

The withdrawal of two such big names suggests authorities on the mainland chose to err on the side of caution.

23 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Olympic champs to be split up

China's Olympics-winning doubles team will split up as the sport's governing body on the mainland steps up its bid for gold at the Beijing Games in 2008.

Speculation was rife this week that the partnership between Sun Tiantian, 26, and 27-year-old Li Ting was about to end.

24 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

To be the No 1 tennis player in the world is glorious

When the world's top tennis players step out onto the lush, green grass of Wimbledon tomorrow, eight-year-old Xue Jian will be tracking their progress from thousands of kilometres away with studious awe.

25 Jun 2006 - 12:00am