Zheng gets an A-? She beat Bartoli, Kirilenko and Bondarenko. Taking advantage of an open draw doesn't mean anything, but a 1&0 loss in the SF does though.
I would give Azarenka, Wickmayer and Dementieva an A- over Zheng.
Azarenka, Wickmayer and Dementieva only did, ultimately, what history said they should. Zheng achieved far above her resume. It's all about expectation. Unseeded player makes the semis, beats a couple seeds, second ever in her country's history, yada yada yada .....
You have to give Petrova more credit, she belongs in the same category or even higher than Zheng.
She beat two reign grand slam champions, and really in a good way.
I agree about the quality of her wins. But she's also a former top ten player, who still should still be physically in her prime. She's supposed
to have that kind of ability.
Jie Zheng is 26 years old, and her career to date is winning Estoril, Stockholm and Hobart. Then she makes the semis of the slam that's most important in her home country, the one where everybody could see her in primetime. Half a billion
people may have been watching this woman play tennis.
This is like a community theatre actor suddenly playing Broadway, and getting nominated for a Tony award. In things like this, who you are matters, it's not just what you achieve.