Duan Yingying and Zheng Saisai seek positives despite defeat


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Duan Yingying and Zheng Saisai seek positives despite defeat

Even though the Chinese team of Duan Yingying and Zheng Saisai failed to cross the final hurdle at the French Open, the two are only taking positives from the same. Duan and Zheng were defeated 6-2, 6-3 by second-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France in the final.

"We got chances in the match but let them slide away, and our momentum went down a bit. They played better and better," Zheng said. She further went deeper into analysing her game, saying, "They had three consecutive final appearances at Grand Slams.

We need to learn from them about how to play aggressively and fearlessly. When we make another final, we will also do it that way”. The interesting part was that the two players were partnering for the very first time and their run earned them 280,000 euro (around $320,000) in prize money, something that really worked gave the two immense confidence going forward.

"We advanced to the final in our first partnering experience, moving past strong opponents. We experienced a lot, which brought us great confidence," Zheng said. Duan further added to Zheng’s comments, saying, "We have many matches to go.

Despite finishing runner-up, we have harvested a lot from the competition and there is much room for improvement." Zheng, who also played the singles event at Roland Garros was in tears following her loss but said that perseverance is the key to success and she is glad she is learning that. "As long as you keep a positive mind, everything can work out," she said.