Meet Zheng Jie, a Chinese tennis player who is competing at Wimbledon. She’s proving herself to be a champion. Read her biography, see photos and a video of her below.
Zheng Jie went into the competition at Wimbledon ranked number five and then she ousted the top-ranked world tennis champion, Ana Ivanovic in the third round on Friday, June 27th. She beat her 6-1 6-4. Zheng has recovered from a serious knee injury that forced her to miss last year’s championships. She was a wild card entry in this years tournament.
Zheng was very modest in her winning today, just waving at the crowd. She says she’ll use her winnings to help the people of her native Sichuan Province who were devastated by last month’s horrific earthquake. She’ll win about $100,000 for making it to the fourth round. If she makes the Grand Slam final on July 5th, she’ll be playing for $1.5 million.
“It’s been very bad news with the earthquake because it happened in my city. I’ve been lucky because my family is OK, but others haven’t been,” said Zheng, who was born in the provincial capital, Chengdu. “I hope to make people happy with my win. I want more people to have their homes, be fine and happy.
“I feel the match is good for the Chinese because I know my parents and friends can see the TV in China for this match.”
Zheng Jie (郑�?) was born on July 5, 1983 in Chengdu, Sichuan, People’s Republic of China. She will be 25-years-old on her next birthday, July 5, 2008. She is 5’4″ and weights 130 pounds. She first played with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in 2000 and turned pro in 2003. She ended her first professional year as one of the top 100 ranked players.
She won the first Wimbledon title for a Chinese player in 2006. With that win, she was also the first Chinese player to attain career earnings of over $1million. She injured her ankle at the French Open in 2007 which excluded her from any further tournaments that year.
Zheng is expected to compete for China in both the singles and doubles in the Beijing Olympics.