Qinwen Zhen, seeded number 7, will play in front of his home crowd the final of the Tennis Masters on Sunday in Zhuhai. The Chinese number 1 actually beat her compatriot Lin Zhu (seeded number 12) in three sets (7-5, 4-6, 6-1) in the semi-final on Saturday. Zheng will face Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia for the title. The two players have never met before.
Haddad Maia, only seeded 8 when arriving in Zhuhai, qualified for the final by beating Russian Daria Kasatkina (N.6) in the first semi-final with a clear score of 6-4, 6-1 . Zheng took her revenge on Zhu, who had beaten her in their only previous face-to-face, which dates back to 2018. It was already in China, in the first round of the Jinjin tournament, and Zhu had only left only one game to his opponent, who today rose to 18th place in the world.
In the first two sets, the two Chinese women struggled to hold their serve, Zheng conceding 15 break points, Zhu ten, before the first escaped in the third set. Created in 2015, the Masters bis, which brings together twelve players ranked outside the Top 8, had not been organized since 2019, interrupted first due to the Covid-19 pandemic, then the suspension by the WTA, after the Peng Shuai affair, of his tournaments in China, which only resumed there in September.