Sports: China’s Zheng, Xu pin hopes on making Olympic berth

(From Xinhua)

Zheng Saisai and Xu Yifan hope to stay on court as long as they can at Roland Garros while the ninth-seeded Chinese pair vie for a berth to this summer’s Rio Olympic Games.

Zheng Saisai (L) and Xu Yifan advances to the women's doubles quarterfinals after beating Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia/Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 7-5, 7-5 on May 29.

Zheng Saisai (L) and Xu Yifan advances to the women’s doubles quarterfinals after beating Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia/Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 7-5, 7-5 on May 29.

Zheng and Xu, ranked respectively 21st and 23rd in current WTA doubles standings released before the French Open, advanced to the women’s doubles quarterfinals on Sunday after beating Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia/Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 7-5, 7-5.

The duo next play the winners between fourth seeds Timea Babos/Yaroslava Shvedova and Russian pair Margarita Gasparyan/Svetlana Kuznetsova.

If through, Zheng and Xu will earn 780 points, and if not, an increase of 430 points will also do much to their rankings.

According to the Olympic qualifying rules announced by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), top 10 players in doubles, partnering any one with a ranking, will be awarded direct through to this summer’s Olympics, which is impossible to Zheng and Xu.

Then the remaining positions will be dispatched to top 14 pairs with highest combined rankings, with eight wildcards to complete the Olympic doubles main draw of 32 pairs. Read More



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