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Caipirinha Guy
Jan 31st, 2012, 06:22 PM

MELBOURNE - China's top junior ace has set her sights on becoming the country's own Agnieszka Radwanska.

Budding star Zheng Saisai, the No 9 seed at the Australian Open girls singles, was the nation's only player in the junior event, and exited in the second round against Germany's Krista Hardebeck.

Although her Melbourne campaign ended prematurely, the 17-year-old claims she learned from the tough challenges from Western opponents and has vowed to play smart tennis; like Polish world No 8 Radwanska.

"The competition here is much more fierce than other tournaments as more players participate and most of them are very professional," Zheng said of her third Australian Open junior experience.

Asked who was her favorite player on the WTA tour, Zheng said Radwanska.

"She is not as tall and strong as other European players. Her body shape looks similar to us. But she's still doing well on the tour because she plays smart - with great skills, speed and anticipation. That's a style that fits us, and I should learn from her," said Zheng, who bagged her first WTA title in the doubles in Guangzhou last year.

Turning 18 next month, Zheng will mainly focus on the ITF circuit but make some forays into WTA events this season.

"My plan for this year is to play mostly singles in ITF Challengers and try to get used to the WTA events through doubles. Hopefully, I can crack the top 200 and finish near the top 100 this season," Zheng said.

Sharing the same American coaching crew with China's world No 17, Peng Shuai, Zheng said she has benefited a lot from the advanced training methods.

"My coach (Timothy Nichols) usually lets me do an extra practice right after each match to correct mistakes. He customizes pre-match plans for me and that helps a lot," Zheng said.

Nichols, who monitored the Japanese national team from 1990 to 2000 as a member of its coaching crew, is well aware of Asian players' strengths and weaknesses.

"She (Zheng) is not as powerful as those European or American girls. She should play more spin strokes like a Spanish guy does on clay. That style needs more energy. You need a lot of reaction and speed, (strong) legs and strain. That's the biggest thing, so we did a lot of workouts on fitness during winter training," Nichols said.

He said he would choose some "necessary" tournaments for Zheng to improve her ranking and help her reach the French Open qualifiers.


Jan 31st, 2012, 06:24 PM
Germany's Krista Hardebeck.


Jan 31st, 2012, 06:31 PM
I don't mind having a Chinese Radwanska we can depend on not to make 100 errors

Jan 31st, 2012, 06:35 PM
well Radwanska will be a top 5 player soon so I don't mind Sai Sai trying to be like her :angel:

Jan 31st, 2012, 06:36 PM
I like techincal players like Radwanska so I can't wait to see her!

Jan 31st, 2012, 06:41 PM

Jan 31st, 2012, 06:58 PM
Why would anyone want to aspire to be like Radwanska?

Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:51 AM
So she doesn't want to be "JuJu" now :lol:

Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:57 AM
i throught she wants to be Sam :confused:

Feb 2nd, 2012, 07:59 AM
i throught she wants to be Sam :confused:

big shoulders :o