World number 24 Qinwen Zheng has withdrawn from the upcoming WTA 1000 event in Indian Wells. Zheng, 20, was scheduled to make her second Indian Wells appearance in March. Last year, Zheng made her debut in the desert. In her first match in Indian Wells, Zheng defeated Vera Zvonareva in straight sets.
In the second round, Angelique Kerber stopped Zheng. Unfortunately, Zheng won’t be making back-to-back Indian Wells appearances this year.
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Zheng previously withdrew from a Dubai match
Last week, Zheng competed in Dubai, where he defeated Shuai Zhang in the first round.
After beating Zhang in the first round, Zheng gave a pass to Liudmila Samsonova in her second round match. Meanwhile, Zheng owns a 9-5 record going into 2023. Zheng’s best result of the season came in early February, when she reached the Abu Dhabi semifinal before losing to Samsonova.
Following his Abu Dhabi semi-final finish, Zheng also achieved a career-high ranking of 24th in the world. Since last year, Zheng has been on the rise and is widely regarded as one of the most talented and promising players in the game.
Recently, former Grand Slam mixed doubles champion Casey Dellacqua gave Zheng a very bright future. «I feel like she (Qinwen Zheng) is on her way up, absolutely. She was a WTA Newcomer (of the Year) in 2022, she had a fabulous junior career, she made a couple of WTA finals before.
But I feel like she’s about to get her first WTA title. She is a great player, her game was inspired by Li Na. She hits the ball incredibly well. I feel like she is on the verge of not only her first WTA title, but also breaking the Top-20 in the world.
So keep an eye out for this fabulous, young, promising Chinese player,» Dellacqua said of Zheng. Hopefully, Zheng will be able to compete at a WTA 1000 event in Miami, which begins on March 21.