China's Zheng exits French Open after historic run
China's Zheng Jie ended her historic run at the French Open losing in the fourth round to Paola Suarez 6-4, 7-5.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
Paris:China's Zheng Jie ended her historic run at the French Open today, losing in the fourth round to Paola Suarez 6-4, 7-5. But she goes home feeling proud, hoping that her French Open success will inspire youths in China to pick up a racket. "Maybe it can give a good influence to people in China," said the 20-year-old Zheng, who became the first Chinese woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam. "Maybe more and more Chinese people (will become) involved in tennis," she said through a translator. In the third round, Zheng beat Tathiana Garbin of Italy, who had eliminated 2003 champion Justine Henin-Hardenne. No Chinese woman ever has won a WTA Tour event. The previous best showing by a woman from China at a major tournament was Li Fang's run to the third round in the 1992 Australian Open. Suarez of Argentina faces Russia's Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals. Zheng said her run in Paris instilled her with confidence. "I will try to get better results in Wimbledon," said Zheng, adding that she has never played tennis on a grass court before. (AP)