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China No 1 Zhang Shuai stretches for a return during her loss to Karolina Muchova, of the Czech Republic, at Wimbledon 2021. Photo: AP

Wimbledon 2021: Chinese interest over as Zhang Shuai, Wang Yafan and Zhu Lin bow out

  • Trio taste singles defeat with only Zhu Lin making it to the second round at All-England Club; all will play in women’s doubles
  • China’s No 1 loses to 19th seed Karolina Muchova, while 13th seed Elise Mertens beats Zhu in second round match
Chinese interest in the singles tournament at this year’s Wimbledon ended on Wednesday with first round losses for Wang Yafan and Zhang Shuai, alongside a second round exit for Zhu Lin.
They followed China’s No 1 man, Zhang Zhizhen, who lost on his history-making grand slam debut to France’s Antoine Hoang on Tuesday, and teenager Wang Xinyu, who lost her own Wimbledon main draw debut on Monday’s opening day.

China’s No 1 woman, Zhang Shuai, lost 6-3, 6-3 to No 19-seeded Czech Karolina Muchova.

Wang, who entered Wimbledon as a lucky loser following home favourite Johanna Konta having to pull out after a Covid-19 positive test in her team, lost to Katerina Siniakova. The unseeded Czech won 6-1, 6-0.

China’s Zhu Lin in action during her first round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens. Photo: Reuters

Zhu, who had beaten Germany’s Mona Barthel in their first round meeting on Tuesday, fell 6-2, 6-0 to Belgian No 13 seed Elise Mertens.

It was a repeat of their second round meeting at this year’s Australian Open, which Mertens also won.

China’s Wang Yafan plays a return to Katerina Siniakova, of the Czech Republic, during their first round match. Photo: AP

Zhang, Zhu and Wang Yafan are all in action on the opening day of the women’s doubles when it gets under way later on Thursday in London.

Zhang and Estonian partner Kaia Kenapi take on the British pair of Heather Watson and Harriett Dart, while Zhu and Madison Brengle of the US play Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam and Anna Blinkova of Russia.

Wang and her Russian partner, Ekaterina Alexandrova, take on Japan’s Misaki Doi and Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic.