Zheng Qinwen opens up on believing in 'destiny' after making history on special date

On the 10th anniversary of Li Na's Australian Open win, Zheng became the second Chinese to reach a Slam final.

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Zheng Qinwen opens up on believing in 'destiny' after making history on special date
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Zheng Qinwen reveals she indeed believes in destiny after becoming the second Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam final on the 10th anniversary of Li Na's Australian Open win. 

On Thursday, 21-year-old Zheng saw off Dayana Yastremska 6-4 6-4 to reach the Australian Open final and set up a meeting against defending champion Aryna Sabalenka. On January 25th, 2014, Li won her second Grand Slam title after beating Dominika Cibulkova at Melbourne Park. 

On the 10th anniversary of Li's first Australian Open win and her second Grand Slam title, Zheng made Chinese tennis history by becoming the second player from her country to make a Major final. Earlier in the tournament, Zheng met her idol Li at Melbourne Park and the two shared a warm moment. 

"When everything is working well, I believe in the destiny," Zheng said in her press conference. 

"But if the destiny doesn't go on my side, I don't believe that at all. Only depends where destiny goes."

Zheng Qinwen
Zheng Qinwen© Getty Images Sport - Phil Walter
 

Zheng reveals she is also superstitious

While Zheng believes in destiny, she and her team also have routines that they follow. After making that revelation, Zheng refused to go into details. 

"I have a specific routine. It's just you guys never see. Actually, our team is a little bit obsessed with the routines, but I don't want to tell more about the details because sounds too much crazy," Zheng said.

Zheng Qinwen
Zheng Qinwen© Getty Images Sport - Cameron Spencer
 

On Saturday, Zheng will be taking on No. 2 seed Sabalenka in the final at Melbourne Park. While Zheng has been playing great throughout the Australian Open, there is no doubt that Sabalenka has the edge going into the match.

In their previous and lone meeting, Zheng suffered a 6-1 6-4 loss in the 2023 Australian Open quarterfinal. Going into their second match, Zheng has nothing but absolute respect for Sabalenka's game.

"I'm sure the final will be really competitive, because I think Sabalenka, she's one of the, I would say, the most big hitters right now in the tour. She got the biggest serve, the biggest forehand, big backhand. She's a really complete player," Zheng said.

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