Zhang Shuai: now cherish the competition more than ever and strive to go to the Tokyo Olympic Games next year

 Zhang Shuai: now cherish the competition more than ever and strive to go to the Tokyo Olympic Games next year

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For Zhang Shuai, the special 2020 season will be over after the WTA Ostrava open this week. From the beginning of August to the end of the season, Zhang Shuai is the only Chinese player to participate in the whole process. The epidemic broke the tour and made Zhang Shuai cherish it more and more. Although he suffered six consecutive defeats after the restart of the season, Zhang Shuai said frankly that he had never longed for and cherished the game like he did now. Talking about next year, Zhang Shuai has only one small wish: more games to play.


The whole race is still less than 15 stops

WTA schedule has been continuously updated since the second round in early August. On September 11, WTA announced the addition of the Ostrava open, which became the end of the season.

After the French Open, Zhang Shuai has been staying in Paris for the Ostrava open. In the first round, Zhang Shuai had no chance to leave the 2020 season with two 1-6 exits.

Like all players, Zhang Shuais 2020 season is destined to be remembered for life. As a result of the epidemic, the tour only went on one end and the number of events was halved. Wang Qiang, one of the top 50 Chinese players in the WTA world ranking, took part in six races and played five in Zheng Sai. Zhang Shuai, who competed the most, played 11 races, which was much less than her 26 last season.

Although the event has been halved, Zhang Shuai has made good performances throughout the season. At the beginning of the season, she again reached the tour singles final after three years in Hobart open, and then reached the third round of the Australian Open. At the beginning of the season, Zhang Shuais singles record was 7-3, accounting for half of the whole year.

As of this week, Zhang Shuai ranked 35th in the world, with 14 wins and 11 losses this season, and 5 of the 14 victories came from Grand Slam. In the Australian Open, Zhang Shuai was defeated by the final champion kenning in the third round. When he came to French Open, Zhang Shuai made a record in the last 16 of womens singles and finally lost to his good friend kovitova.

When he took part in French Open at the end of September, Zhang Shuai said that he was happy to be on the clay court of French Open. Its good to have a game. At the beginning of the year, I saw that the epidemic situation was getting worse, and I thought that this years events would be gone.

Im looking at the ticket and hope to return home as soon as possible and spend the time before the Australian Open with my friends. After returning to China, Zhang Shuai will be quarantined for 14 days as required.

Second round

All eight victories came from clay court

The epidemic brought all the events to a halt. At the beginning of March, WTA announced that the tour was suspended for five months.

In early August, the WTA tour was hard to restart. For safety reasons, Wang Qiang, Zheng Saisai, Peng Shuai and other people gave up the season ahead of time. Among the Chinese players, Zhang Shuai signed up for the first time. She was the only Chinese player who insisted on playing the whole season. Her mother and coach Liu Shuo accompanied her to participate in the competition.

When he ventured to the United States, Zhang Shuai was hard to win. Cincinnati and the U.S. Open, she signed up for singles and doubles, hoping to play more games to get back the feeling, but this process is much more difficult than expected, once again back on the court, the body function can not adapt completely, and everything has to start again.

Due to the Schengen visa issue, Zhang Shuai stayed in the United States for two weeks and arrived in Italy one day before the match. After 24 hours of isolation, Zhang Shuai had only one hour to adapt to the clay field. From the hard ground seamless docking clay field, she unexpectedly encountered single doubles 6 consecutive losses.

Until the last stop before the French Open in Strasbourg, Zhang Shuai Hao, who started from the qualification competition, won four consecutive victories and then entered the last eight. Coach Liu said that many players have matches in this period of time. Whether its performance games or other low-level competitions, the game feeling can be maintained all the time. Zhang Shuai said that although there has been training, but the feeling of training and competition is different. From Doha open to Cincinnati, Zhang Shuai didnt compete for six months.

Zhang Shuai came to Paris with peace of mind. Zhang Shuai defeated No. 12 seed Keith in the first round, and then won KONE and brere, two local players, to enter the last 16 of French Open for the first time. In doubles, Zhang Shuai and kudmotova partner into the last 16. Zhang Shuai won 5-2 and $230000 in the French Open alone.

After the restart of the season, Zhang Shuais total record was 6-6 in singles and 2-5 in doubles. Interestingly, all of Zhang Shuais eight victories came from clay court, but hard ground, which he excels at, is hard to win.


Strive to go to Tokyo Olympic Games next year

In the past 14 years, Zhang Shuai has trained and competed step by step every year. This year, because of the epidemic, she experienced for the first time a 28 day isolation life and a three-month intensive training for the first time.

At the end of February, Zhang Shuai went to Indian Wells to prepare for the sunshine double. Clinker, the tour was suspended in early March, and Zhang Shuai, who returned home, was arranged to observe in isolation at Qinhuangdao training base. At the end of the isolation, Zhang Shuais isolation period was extended by 14 days due to the discovery of asymptomatic infections among the people who were isolated at the same time. Throughout March, Zhang Shuai was isolated for 28 days.

I havent had such a long rest since my first day as a child. During the long period of isolation, Zhang Shuai took simple exercise in his room every day, and the rest of his time was cleaning, washing clothes and washing bed sheets. On the day of the release of isolation, Zhang Shuai went downstairs to carry his luggage. I feel like I have endless strength.

In May, Zhang Shuai went to Tianjin with the national team for training, which lasted another three months. These two special periods of his career have made Zhang Shuai have a new understanding of tennis.

Under the epidemic situation, the most obvious feeling is everyones love for tennis. I cherish every chance of competition more than ever. In the past, so many races were played selectively. Now as long as there is a competition, I want to participate as much as possible During the French Open, Zhang Shuai heard that there was a new hard ground race in Czech Republic, so he quickly declared his name, I just want to play more games, get more points, keep in good condition, and strive to stand on the stage of Tokyo Olympic Games next year.

Im very happy to play tennis again and hope to play more next year. After the end of this special season in Ostrava, Zhang Shuai hopes that the epidemic situation will improve and that people all over the world will be healthy and happy.

Main performances of the season

Second place in Hobart open

The third round of Australian Open

Last 8 of Strasbourg open

Top 16 French Open

The first round of Ostrava open


Source: Wang Chengcheng, editor in charge of Beijing News_ NB12651