Zheng Jie's victory over world number one Ana Ivanovic at Wimbledon has reignited China's hopes of tennis gold at the Beijing Olympics after a largely dismal 18 months for the country's leading women players.
The 24-year-old became the first Chinese to beat a reigning world number one with a 6-1, 6-4 thrashing of Serb Ivanovic in the third round on Friday, a victory all the more remarkable because she was playing as a wild card ranked 133rd in the world.
Zheng is a former Wimbledon and Australian Open doubles champion as well as an Asian Games doubles and singles champion. "All she's missing is an Olympic gold," read a headline in Titan Sport newspaper. "China's golden flower expected to bloom at the Olympics," added Beijing Youth Daily.
Nadal bows to Federer’s elegance
Rafael Nadal put down his racquet and reached for the superlatives on Monday in his battle of wits with Roger Federer ahead of a possible blockbuster final. "He's a more elegant player. He has more options on court. He can do everything — serve and volley, he can serve better than me, the forehand he can play more aggressively. He's a more complete player than me in all aspects."