They say success breeds success and thanks to the exploits of starlets Zheng Jie and Yan Zi China will soon be reaping the benefits.The pair, who will join a stellar cast at the Watsons Water Champions Challenge from January 3-6 at Victoria Park, are adamant a new dawn in the sport is breaking on the mainland. 'The Chinese government is putting more effort and money into training the new generation as well as the existing players,' Zheng said. 'The interest in tennis in China is huge now compared to when we were growing up. We are playing in Guangzhou at the moment with some young players of all ages and they all have great potential,' she said. 'They have a lot of ability. The more successful we are, the more younger players will take up the game, so we want to keep improving.' No matter how successful they become, neither player will forget her roots. Yan said: 'We will guide the young players in any way we can to help promote the next generation. Chinese players are getting more skilful. Over the coming years more and more will be encouraged to play on the WTA Tour and gain valuable experience from it. 'I think we have the chance to win grand slam events in the future but we need to be patient.' Yan and Zheng will be two of the drawcards at the Champions Challenge, which also includes Russians Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva, Czech Nicole Vaidisova and Belgian Kim Clijsters. Organisers are still searching for a replacement for American Lindsay Davenport, who has withdrawn because she is expecting her first child. Yan, 22, and Zheng, 23, both said they wanted titles, not babies, at this stage of their careers.'We heard about it, and we'd like to pass on our congratulations,' Zheng said. 'Lindsay is a good player. She has been playing for many years so it's good for her to settle down and have a baby now. 'She is at the end of a very successful career while we are just beginning. We have lots of goals to reach before we can even think of anything like that.' They achieved some of those goals at the Asian Games in Doha this month when Zheng won the singles gold and then teamed up with Yan for the doubles title. It capped a tremendous 2006 for the duo, who also won the Australian and Wimbledon doubles crowns. But they will both have to overcome tough draws if they are to do well in the singles tournament in Hong Kong as Zheng will play Clijsters - who is ranked number five in the world - in her first match, while Yan is up against world number two and US Open champion Sharapova. 'I played against Kim at Wimbledon and she beat me. But whatever the result in Hong Kong it's a good chance to practise before the Australian Open,' Zheng said. Yan said of her chances against Sharapova: 'I've set myself no specific expectations, but it's a good opportunity to play against one of the big names.' However, they will go into the doubles event as firm favourites. Their first-round opponents will be Dementieva and Vaidisova. 'I played against Dementieva before, but not Vaidisova,' Zheng said. 'They are very good in singles matches, but for the doubles competition I think we will have better teamwork than them.'