Share

Blazing their possess trail: Hong Kong Tennis Open-bound twin Wang Qiang and Zheng Saisai strong by Li Na legacy

The subsequent epoch of Chinese women’s tennis talent is dynamic to fire a possess route and not turn rapt with reaching a high standards set by a many successful of their number, Li Na.

Wang Qiang and Zheng Saisai, China’s series dual and 3 respectively, will contest during a Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open in Oct and contend they are happy to work tough and let their destiny take caring of itself.

Perhaps that is correct when faced with a bequest like that of Li. In an epoch of implausible players she managed to make an memorable symbol on a diversion after claiming dual grand impact victories in France and Australia.

She spent 6 years ranked inside a tip 20 in a world, including 25 weeks during a career high ranking of series two, and cumulative 9 singles titles on a WTA tour. And all of this while apropos one of a many renouned total on a circuit.

Hers are large boots to fill, though China’s subsequent epoch doesn’t feel a pressure.

“I would rather be myself,” says Tianjin-native Wang. “If we can do well, a rest will come.”

Zheng, however, is some-more contemplative of a bequest that Li left behind when she late in 2014.

‘Premier’ league: Hong Kong Tennis Open targets aloft status, larger esteem income and some-more world-class players

“What Li achieved is an extraordinary achievement,” pronounced a 22-year-old. “I use it as my proclivity any day.

“But we am a prolonged approach from being means to step into her shoes. There are many other earnest immature players in China, we are all pulling any other to be better.”

Organisers are describing this year’s Hong Kong Tennis Open margin as a many rival nonetheless during a Victoria Park tournament.

It’s tough to remonstrate when we note that as good as a newly minted universe series one Angelique Kerber, a resurgent Caroline Wozniacki – who a German edged out in a semi-finals of a US Open – will play in Hong Kong for a initial time given 2011.

Hong Kong a large leader as city-bound Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber set adult US Open semi-final clash

Realistically, a Chinese players contend they are anticipating to benefit useful knowledge opposite a world’s best and will use a contest to assistance them realize some-more longer-term goals.

“I wish to mangle into a tip 50 in 2016,” says a universe series 62 Wang. “I consider if we can perform to my training turn in Hong Kong it will be a good result.

“In fact, we don’t have high expectations for a formula in Hong Kong, I’m some-more endangered with a process.

“I need to turn a some-more unchanging player, by matches, tournaments and a season. I’m aiming to play during a unchanging level.”

Zheng, who represented China during a Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, says a earnest youth career that saw her strech series 7 in a universe has given her wish of creation a breakthrough on a comparison tour.

“The organisation we played with in a juniors featured Daria Gavrilova and [Olympic champion] Monica Puig, who are carrying really plain careers right now on a tour,” pronounced Zheng.

“But for me there is always dual things: enjoying what we am doing bland and staying damage free. All a other things will only tumble into a right place.”

Watch: Highlights from a 2015 Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open final