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Zhang Shuai sets a record
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For Zhang Shuai, after this week's WTA Ostrava Open, this special 2020 season is over. From the restart of the season in early August to the end of the season, Zhang Shuai was the only Chinese player to participate in the entire competition. The epidemic has broken the tour and made Zhang Shuai more aware of the preciousness of the event. Although he suffered a 6-game losing streak after the restart of the season, Zhang Shuai bluntly said that he has never desired and cherished the game as he does now. Speaking of next year, Zhang Shuai has only one small wish: there will be more competitions to participate in.
After the rematch in early August, the WTA schedule has been continuously updated. On September 11, WTA announced the addition of the Ostrava Open, which also became the season's final stop.
After the French Open, Zhang Shuai stayed in Paris to prepare for the Ostrava Open. In the first round against the host player Mukhova, Zhang Shuai did not have any chance in the whole game. He ended the 2020 season with two 1 to 6 outs and one defeat.
Like all players, Zhang Shuai's 2020 season is destined to make her remember for life. Due to the epidemic, the tour only had one start and one end, and the number of events was halved. Judging from the top 50 Chinese players in the WTA world rankings, Wang Qiang participated in 6 matches this season, and Zheng Saisai played 5 matches. Among the three, Zhang Shuai has participated in 11 races, but this is much less than her 26 races last season.
Despite the halving of the competition, Zhang Shuai has performed well throughout the 2020 season. At the beginning of the season, Zhang Shuai reached the final of the Tour Singles again after 3 years at the Hobart Open.
As of this week, Zhang Shuai is ranked 35th in the world, with a record of 14 wins and 11 losses this season, and 5 of the 14 victories came from Grand Slams. In the Australian Open, Zhang Shuai scored in the third round and lost to final champion Kenning. Coming to the French Open, Zhang Shuai reached a record 16 women's singles, and eventually lost to good friend Kvitova.
When he participated in the French Open at the end of September, Zhang Shuai bluntly said that he did not have much pursuit of results, and he was full of happiness to be able to set foot on the French Open clay court. It's gone."
After the end of the Ostrava Open, Zhang Shuai will return to China in the near future. "I am looking at the ticket and hope to return to China as soon as possible. I can spend the time before the Australian Open with my friends." After returning home, Zhang Shuai will follow the rules. Conducted a 14-day quarantine.
After the game restarted, Zhang Shuai was hard to find a victory on the hard court. Picture/Social Media
The epidemic stopped all competitions. At the beginning of March, the WTA announced the suspension of the tour, which lasted for 5 months.
In early August, the WTA Tour had a difficult restart. For safety reasons, Wang Qiang, Zheng Saisai, Peng Shuai and others have all given up this season ahead of schedule. Among the Chinese players, Zhang Shuai signed up for the first time. She was also the only Chinese player who insisted on playing a full season. It was her mother and coach Liu Shuo who accompanied her to the competition.
After venturing to the United States, Zhang Shuai was hard to find. In both Cincinnati and U.S. Open events, Zhang Shuai signed up for singles and doubles matches. She hopes to play more games to get back the feeling, but the process is much more difficult than she expected. "Going back to the court again, the physical function is completely unable to adapt. To start again."
Due to visa issues, Zhang Shuai stayed in the United States for two weeks and arrived in Italy the day before the Rome game. After Zhang Shuai was in isolation for 24 hours, she had only one hour to adapt to the clay court. From the hard court seamlessly to the ground, Zhang Shuai suffered 6 consecutive losses in singles and doubles without accident.
Until the last stop of the Strasbourg Open before the French Open, Zhang Shuaihao, who played from the qualifying round, reached the top 8 after winning 4 straight. "Coach Liu (Liu Shuo) told me that many players have played during this period of time. Whether it is an exhibition match or other low-level matches, the game feels like it can always be maintained." Zhang Shuai said that although he has been training, he has been training and playing. It feels different. From the Doha Open to Cincinnati, Zhang Shuai did not play for 6 months.
直到法国公开赛前的史特拉斯堡公开赛的最后一站，在预选赛中出战的张帅豪在连续4场比赛后均进入了前8名。 “刘教练（Liu Shuo）告诉我，在这段时间里有很多球员参加比赛。无论是展览比赛还是其他低水平比赛，比赛的感觉都可以保持。”张帅说，尽管他一直在训练，但他一直在训练和比赛。感觉不一样。从多哈公开赛到辛辛那提，张帅缺席了6个月。
Came to Paris with a peaceful mind, Zhang Shuai defeated No. 12 seed Keith in the first round, and then won a streak of two local players, Kone and Blair, for the first time in the French Open 16. In doubles, Zhang Shuai and Kudmotova teamed up to the top 16. In the French Open alone, Zhang Shuai won 5 wins, 2 losses and $230,000 in prize money.
After the restart of the season, Zhang Shuai's overall record was 6 wins and 6 losses in singles and 2 wins and 5 losses in doubles. What's interesting is that all of Zhang Shuai's 8 victories came from clay courts, and his best hard courts are hard to find.
Zhang Shuai said that he has never been eager for the game like now. Picture/Social Media
In the 14 years since he became a professional player, Zhang Shuai has been training and playing step by step every year. This year, due to the epidemic, Zhang Shuai experienced the 28-day quarantine life for the first time, and also experienced the training for up to 3 months for the first time.
After finishing the Confederations Cup at the end of February, Zhang Shuai rushed to Indian Wells to prepare for the Sunshine Doubles. Clinker, the tour was suspended at the beginning of March, and Zhang Shuai, who had returned to China, was arranged for isolation and observation at the Qinhuangdao training base. Just when the quarantine was about to end, Zhang Shuai’s quarantine period was extended by another 14 days because it was discovered that there were asymptomatic infections among the people who were quarantined at the same time. Throughout March, Zhang Shuai was isolated for 28 days.
"Since the first day of training, I haven't rested for such a long time." During the long isolation period, Zhang Shuai except for simple exercises in the room every day, the remaining time is cleaning, washing clothes, and washing sheets. On the day when the quarantine was lifted, Zhang Shuai went downstairs to carry his luggage, "I feel like I can't finish it."
In May, Zhang Shuai went to Tianjin with the national team for a training camp, which lasted three months. These two special periods in his career gave Zhang Shuai a new understanding of tennis.
"Under the epidemic, the most obvious feeling is everyone's love for tennis. I cherish every opportunity to play more than ever. Before so many competitions throughout the year, I played selectively. Now as long as there are matches, I will I want to participate as much as possible.” During the French Open, Zhang Shuai heard that there was a new hard-court tournament in the Czech Republic and he quickly signed up. “I want to play more games now, get more points, stay in a good state, and fight for next year. Stand on the stage of the Tokyo Olympics."
"The tennis tournament can start again. I am very happy to be able to participate in it. I hope to participate in more matches next year." After this special season in Ostrava, Zhang Shuai said that he hopes the epidemic will get better and people all over the world. You can stay healthy and everyone can be happy.