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Qinwen Zheng hopes to surprise champion Aryna Sabalenka at the Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Qinwen Zheng is a problem solver who approaches problems by dissecting them before piecing them together. a creator who is drawn to lines. The 21-year-old Chinese player has ignited the positive energy at the Australian Open in her first Grand Slam final.

The 12th seed described the reigning champion Aryna Sabalenka, her opponent in the final, as a complete player.
“The biggest hitter on the circuit right now, in my opinion. She had the biggest serves, forehands, and backhands,” Zheng said. That the backhand isn’t “most big” is also fortunate.
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Zheng, who is 5 feet 10 inches tall and is from Shiyan in Northwestern Hubei, enjoys engaging in karaoke in three languages: Chinese, Spanish, and English.
“I haven’t faced a big seed in the tournament yet, she’s the first one I will face,” Zheng said. “But it is a match, so let’s see what is gonna happen.”
Zheng and Sabalenka rehearsed together before to the competition. The 25-year-old won their only previous match in straight sets, in the US Open quarterfinals four months before.
There is a lot of excitement around the championship match; both players will be searching for opportunities.
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Zheng said in her first Grand Slam final that she has always dreamed of this. The excitement reflected on her face.
She told the journalists, “My dream is not just (making) the final.” “I’m almost there, but I know this little distance, still far away.”
Zheng has been conversing with the stars in attendance. Zheng made it to the Melbourne Park final on the tenth anniversary of Chinese icon Li Na’s Australian Open victory.
She warned me not to overthink things. Simply go for it,” Zheng said. It sounds like a warning, so Sabalenka may want to pay heed.
RESULTS: Men’s semifinals in singles
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) lost against Jannik Sinner (ITA x4). 6-3; Daniil Medvedev (RUS x3) defeated Alexander Zverev (GER x6) 3-6, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), and 7-6 (7/5).
Contrary doubles Lastly
Desirae Krawczyk (USA) bt Neal Skupski (GBR) bt Hsieh Su-wei (TPE)/Jan Zielinski (POL) 6-4, 11-9, 6-7 (5/7),

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