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Zheng won't cash in on historic success (short article)

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_yl...v=ap&type=lgns

No cashing in on historic success for China's Zheng

By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press Writer
May 28, 2004
PARIS (AP) -- Zheng Jie became the first Chinese woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam event -- and her government will profit.

By winning Friday at the French Open, Zheng is guaranteed about $66,600. But most of it will be returned to the Chinese tennis machine.

``I can keep some percent,'' Zheng said through a translator after beating Tathiana Garbin 5-7, 7-6 (1), 6-2. Garbin's previous match was a victory over 2003 champion Justine Henin-Hardenne.

Zheng said successful Chinese players provide financial support for the system that helps them progress.

``The Chinese tennis association spends a lot of money on the players to let them travel abroad,'' Zheng said. ``All the expenses are covered.''

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.

Zheng faces Paola Suarez on Sunday. No Chinese woman ever has won a WTA Tour event.
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That sucks, but this is the communism system for ya

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Go Zheng, make that CHN Tennis fed a whole lot more money!!
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This reminds me of when the Russian federation used to do the same thing and Zvereva complained about it. I think it was when she made the Finals of RG and the reporters asked her what she was going to do with all the money. She said something like, "Nothing! I don't get any of it!"
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not shocking at all.
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'No Chinese woman ever has won a WTA Tour event.' wow.
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sounds fine in principle, as long as its not abused.

Zheng Jie will be just fine.

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She did say that everything is covered...so! that is more than 99% of the tour can say! .
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and remember: $66,000 is a lot in China
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This reminds me of when the Russian federation used to do the same thing and Zvereva complained about it. I think it was when she made the Finals of RG and the reporters asked her what she was going to do with all the money. She said something like, "Nothing! I don't get any of it!"
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don't be silly and let the us press lead you to the wrong direction.
try think this way, she didn't pay for the plane, the hotel, the traning, the food, the trainer... all those costs that she has to paid. of course they will get them back.
they would have leave her nothing if it's 1980s. but now? they can't.
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don't be silly and let the us press lead you to the wrong direction.
try think this way, she didn't pay for the plane, the hotel, the traning, the food, the trainer... all those costs that she has to paid. of course they will get them back.
they would have leave her nothing if it's 1980s. but now? they can't.
That's dandy China covers all the expenses, but when you still get down to it, Jie is still the one doing all the work and she should be allowed to keep a large portion of the prize fund.

If she starts making tons of money in the future, I can't wait to see how long it takes her to keep giving her hard-earned money back to the government.
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Jie started to play tennis at 7. She entered the national team at 17. Since then, all expenses have entirely been covered from A to Z. The Chinese team has been traveling at times with :
- 2 coaches
- one physio
- one fitness trainer

All this while the players were beyond the top 100. I don't believe many players at this ranking level could have afforded such a team.

The drawback is that Jie (like other players) has to give at the moment 65% of her earnings back to the Federation.

More important than the earnings, let's hope that the Chinese players will be allowed to participate at WTA events, even after the Olympic Games are over...
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This reminds me of when the Russian federation used to do the same thing and Zvereva complained about it. I think it was when she made the Finals of RG and the reporters asked her what she was going to do with all the money. She said something like, "Nothing! I don't get any of it!"
yes, this is what i know too
Zvereva was the same. poor girls from russia at this time
and now poor chinese girls

she should come to Germany and play for us
she could keep all the money, just have to pay tax

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