Zhang Shuai sobs uncontrollably at the French Open press conference recalling the ‘mistreatments’ of the Chinese Tennis Federation
Zhang Shuai could not speak and sobbed during the French Open press conference.
Chinese World No.29 Zhang Shuai became emotional and sobbed uncontrollably during the press conference at the French Open. Post the burst out, she could not speak anything more as well. It was evident that the Chinese player is under a lot of pressure due to the ‘mistreatments’ by the Chinese Tennis Federation. She was beaten in the first round of the French Open by Polish World No.29 Magdalena Frech: 1-6, 1-6.
It’s been three years now that Shuai has not come back to China. The two times Grand Slam champion in doubles is currently aged 34 and a comeback to her usual form and fitness will be a tough ask considering the mental trauma the Chinese professional had to endure during her career.
At this point in her career, Zhang will be trying to focus on the doubles. she has been in poor form in singles losing her last eight matches. Her latest singles win on tour dates back to the third-round victory in the Australian Open 2023. Her poor run includes a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing by the German World No.91 Anna-Lena Friedsam in the first round of the Strasbourg Open.
Shuai Zhang – Tennis career so far
The Chinese 34-year-old is clearly in her downfall in singles. After clinching the career-best ranking of 22 in January 2023. Post the fourth-round appearance down under, she was never able to win a single match this year. she lost in the second round of the Australian Open Doubles as well. Her career-best ranking in doubles was 2.
Her best results in Grand Slam doubles were the titles in the 2019 Australian Open and 2021 US Open. Samantha Stosur was her partner in both Grand Slam triumphs. With Elise Mertens, she was able to reach the finals of Wimbledon 2022. In singles, her best result in a Grand Slam was her quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon in 2019.
She has also reached at least the semi-finals in all the Grand Slam tournaments except the French Open in mixed doubles as well. In US Open, she reached the last four twice. With a continuous poor show in the singles tournaments this year, Zhang Shuai will be looking to focus on her doubles matches.
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