Watch: Stunned Zheng Qinwen learns major news: 'Nobody tells me anything'

On Wednesday, Zheng sealed her first Grand Slam semifinal but also a top-10 ranking.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Stunned Zheng Qinwen learns major news: 'Nobody tells me anything'
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Zheng Qinwen had a funny moment after sealing an Australian Open semifinal spot as the Chinese tennis star did not know that reaching the top-10 was also on the line for her. 

On Wednesday, Zheng created an impressive 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-1 comeback win over Anna Kalinskaya to reach the Australian Open semifinal. By beating Kalinskaya, the 21-year-old Chinese made her first Grand Slam semifinal but also secured a top-10 ranking when the rankings get updated on Monday. 

Moments after the win, Zheng was interviewed on the court by former Australian tennis star Jelena Dokic. While addressing making a first Grand Slam semifinal, Zheng was also asked about her upcoming top-10 debut.

Zheng chuckled and smiled, after which the crowd laughed and Dokic realized that the 21-year-old was probably unaware of her new rankings milestone. After Zheng remarked that "nobody tells me anything," the crowd burst into laughter.

Zheng Qinwen
Zheng Qinwen© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

"Thanks for letting me know that. Nobody tells me anything," Zheng responded

"That's good news for me. Another motivation and especially because I said last year at the Australian Open I want to be Top 10 and one year later I am here."

Shortly after making the top-20, Zheng also breaks into the top-10

After winning Zhengzhou in October, Zheng broke into the top-20 for the first time in her career and rose to No. 19 in the world. Two weeks later, Zheng finished as runner-up at the WTA Elite Trophy. After that result, Zheng broke into the top-15 in the world, having climbed to No. 15 in the world.

On January 8th - after the United Cup - Zheng achieved a new career-high ranking of No. 13 in the world. However, due to some results in the week before the Australian Open, Zheng suffered a short drop and is now ranked at No. 15 in the world. 

But when the WTA rankings list gets updated following the conclusion of the Australian Open, Zheng will be ranked at No. 10 in the worst-case scenario.

On Thursday, Zheng plays against Dayana Yastremska for a place in the Australian Open final.