Shuai Zhang: The Ambitious Chinese Tennis Star

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Shuai Zhang was born on January 21 1989, in Tianjin China. She is now a professional tennis player for China. 

Until now, she has 3 WTA singles earned at the Guangzhou International Women’s Open in 2013 and 2017 and the WTA Lyon Open in 2022 and 11 WTA doubles titles to her credit. 

She has also won 20 singles titles on the ITF Circuit. She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 23, achieved on 14 November 2016, and a career-high doubles ranking of No. 5, reached on 11 April 2022.

Zhang won her first singles match in a Grand Slam tournament at the 2016 Australian Open, where she defeated Simona Halep. She also reached the quarterfinals at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Along with Li Na, Zheng Jie, Peng Shuai, and Wang Qiang, Zhang is one of only five Chinese tennis players to have reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament.


Age 33
Height 1.77 mts
Nationality Chinese
Turned professional 2003
Career titles (WTA) 3
Highest ranking (Singles) No. 23
Current ranking (Singles) No. 41
Social media profile Instagram @zhangshuai121

Twitter @zhangshuai121

Personal Information and Relationships

  • Zhang was born on January 21 1989, in Tianjin China to Zhang Zhi Qiang and Wang Feng Qin.
  • She was destined for sports from a young age as her father was a soccer player and her mother was a basketball player.
  • Zhang began playing tennis at the age of 5 when her parents took her to a local club.
  • She started working with the Chinese Tennis Association at the age of 12.
  • She is currently coached by Liu Shuo.


  • She turned professional in 2003 and played her first singles event in Mollerussa where she defeated Matilde Munoz – Gonzalves in the first qualifying round but then lost to Laura Figuerola – Foix.
  • In 2012 at the Blossom Cup, She defeated Nudnida Luangnam and Anna Floris in the first and second rounds to reach the quarterfinals where she lost to  Tímea Babos .
  • In 2013, Zhang entered the Guangzhou International Open as a wildcard, winning her first WTA Tour singles title over qualifier Vania King.
  • At the Australian Open in 2016, Zhang defeated Simona Halep, followed by subsequent victories over Alizé Cornet and Varvara Lepchenko, to reach the fourth round where she defeated Madison Keys and proceeded to the quarterfinals where she was unfortunately defeated by Johanna Konta.
  • In 2017, Zhang won her second WTA Tour title at the Guangzhou Open where she defeated Aleksandra Krunić in the final.
  • In 2019, Zhang won the biggest title of her career at the Australian Open. Zhang won her first major doubles title With Sam Stosur, where she defeated Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.
  • In 2020, She reached the fourth round of the French Open for the first time in her career but she lost to Petra Kvitova.
  • She won the 2021 US Open title in doubles partnering with Sam Stosur.
  • In 2022 at Lyon, She beat Kristina Mladenovic, Arantxa Rus, Vitalia Diatchenko and Caroline Garcia to reach the final where she defeated Dayana Yastremska to win her first title since 2017.

Prize Money Earnings

She has earned a total of around 8,201,658 US$ from her participation in different championships. In the year 2022, so far she has earned around US$ 8,201,658.

Endorsements and Sponsors

  • All of her apparel and footwear on the court are sponsored by Asics.
  • Her tennis racquets are provided by the famous company Wilson.

Net Worth

Zhang’s total net worth as of today is 1 million US$. While there is absolutely no confirmation on this figure, it is likely to be true due to the large amounts of cash she collects as prize money and also from her various endorsements.


  • Her tennis idols are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
  • Her top 3 best tennis memory is playing mixed doubles with Pete Sampras in 2011, winning Australian Open doubles champion in 2019 with her best friend Sam Stosur, and when she became a quarterfinalist in the 2016 Australian Open and the 2019 Wimbledon
  • She relaxes by listening to music, taking photos and exploring the places she travels to.
  • Her eventual goal after she retires is to open a coffee bar. 
  • Her English name is Rose.