Press Esc to close
Thursday 21 August 2014
News updated at 11:53 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.8°C
Min : 20.2°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

US Open: Zheng Jie knocks out Venus Williams

New York, Aug 29, 2013, (IANS):
Zheng Jie of China celebrates winning a point against Venus Williams of the U.S. at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York August 28, 2013. REUTERS

Zheng Jie from China survived a three-hour match against former World No.1 Williams 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) to advance to the US Open tennis third round.

With the win Wednesday, Zheng's equalled her personal best record at US Open. She reached US Open last 32 in 2008, 2009 and 2012, reports Xinhua.

The match was scheduled to start at 1 pm, but was postponed to 5:20pm because of the rain delay.


"According to the rules, we have to follow the decision of the organizers," said the 30-year-old Zheng.

"It's tough because I have to keep the energy and focus. I was so happy to beat her because she was so tough and in United States many people support her."

Williams held serve to start the game 1-0, and Zheng responded with a break in the third game, keeping serve to take a 3-1 lead.

Neither player was able to break until the ninth game, in which William made sent a couple of forehand strokes long to allow three set points for Zheng, who seized the chance to end the first set 6-3.

Williams found her rhythm in the second set, establishing a 3-1 lead. The fifth game became the decisive one in the second set, which lasted for more than ten minutes.
Williams managed to accomplish a break after seven deuces, finishing the second set 6-2.
"Venus is still a dangerous player, and she has the big serve," Zheng said.

"You can see from the second set that if I don't play aggressively she can quickly come back. "

The decisive set seemed to went in Zheng's way when the score got to 4-1, but Williams made an important break in the seventh game to catch up. The two players leveled until 6-6 to enter the tie-break.

In the tie-break, Zheng made a 4-1 lead again, and Williams caught back to 4-4 again. However, the winner of seven Grand Slams netted a forehand stroke when the score got to 5-5, handing Zheng a match point. Zheng made full use of the match points, wrapping up the victory after Williams sent a forehand stroke wide.

"It was amazing," said Zheng after the match.

"I still feel tight because in the tiebreak the points are very close."
Zheng would next face No. 18 seed Suarez Navarro from Spain.

"She's played so great these two years, I had practiced and played several matches with her in Cincinnati. She was so good," Zheng said of her next rival.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A model at a promotional event of Rado watches in Lucknow  ...

A model at a promotional event of Rado watches in Lucknow ...

Rajnath Singh honours an awardee at the Scheme launch of “Mainstreaming Civil Defence in Disaster ..

Rajnath Singh honours an awardee at the Scheme launch of “Mainstreaming Civil Defence in Disaster ..

People paying floral tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary ...

People paying floral tribute to the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary ...

Sonia Gandhi along with Rahul and Priyanka paying tribute to Rajiv Gandhi ...

Sonia Gandhi along with Rahul and Priyanka paying tribute to Rajiv Gandhi ...

Shilpa Shetty walks the ramp for Masaba Gupta at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai ...

Shilpa Shetty walks the ramp for Masaba Gupta at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai ...

Showstopper Sushmita Sen at the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2014 in Mumbai ...

Showstopper Sushmita Sen at the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2014 in Mumbai ...

CRPF  jawans jubilate after their passing out parade at 227 Battalion of the foce in Bhopal ...

CRPF jawans jubilate after their passing out parade at 227 Battalion of the foce in Bhopal ...

Hyundai Motor India Limited Tapan Kumar Ghosh & Bedabrata Bordoloi at the launch of Elite i20 ...

Hyundai Motor India Limited Tapan Kumar Ghosh & Bedabrata Bordoloi at the launch of Elite i20 ...

Sonia Gandhi with  Sushma Swaraj during a function to commemorate Rajiv Gandhi's birthday ...

Sonia Gandhi with Sushma Swaraj during a function to commemorate Rajiv Gandhi's birthday ...

A model walks the ramp during at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 in Mumbai ...

A model walks the ramp during at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014 in Mumbai ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523