January 21, 1989 – Birth of Zhang Shuai, Chinese tennis player

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Zhang Shuai

Zhang Shuai is a Chinese professional tennis player. She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 23, achieved on 14 November 2016, and a highest doubles ranking of 9, reached on 20 May 2019. Zhang has won 24 singles titles: 20 on the ITF Circuit, two on the WTA Tour – both at the Guangzhou International Women’s Open – and two on tournaments of the WTA 125K series. In doubles, she has won 17 titles (8 ITF, 8 WTA, 1 WTA 125K), including the 2019 Australian Open, partnered with Samantha Stosur.

Zhang won her first singles match in a Grand Slam tournament at the 2016 Australian Open, where, as a qualifier, she defeated world No. 2, Simona Halep, en-route to the quarterfinals. Zhang had lost all 14 of her main-draw Grand Slam matches up to that point, a stretch that started with the 2008 US Open, and was considering retirement. She also reached the quarterfinals at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Alongside Li Na, Zheng Jie, Peng Shuai, and Wang Qiang, Zhang is one of only five Chinese tennis players to have reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament.

Tony Simon

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