Zhang Shuai thanked her doubles partner Sam Stosur for talking her out of leaving tennis, as she made the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time. Ranked at No.50 on the WTA Charts, Zhang defeated Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska in three sets 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
The 30 year old lost to former World No.1 Simona Halep in straight sets. "She's so special to me. Best friend on tour" said Zhang. "We always, after the court, sometimes we eat together. We go to eat and we talk a little bit about not only tennis.
Sometimes about life”. She further added, "She's such a nice girl, and she told me when I said I wanted to retire, and she really wanted that I keep going to play." When she considered giving up tennis, Zhang was ranked No.186 in the World and following that chat, she improved on her 0-16 Grand Slam Singles record by reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
"That got me to thinking maybe, okay, I'm going to the Australian Open one more time, one more try," she recalled of the chat with Stosur. "I'm really, really happy I tried one more time, and also we won this year in the Australian Open doubles. So life is so nice to me."