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Li-led Chinese tennis contingent faces uphill task at London Olympics (3)

By Wang Jimin (Xinhua)

09:27, July 09, 2012

"We only played together on a couple of occasions this season because both of us have different tournaments to contest. Maybe Peng and I did not get a lot of practice and matches together like I did with Yan, but it's becoming an advantage for us, because our opponents will know little about our tactics," Zheng said.
The 28-year-old was so eager to do well in the Olympics that she even participated in the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon. "I just want to get more feeling about doubles and grass."
Zheng and Yan won the bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics four years ago, this time she wants a better result.
The Williams sisters will be the major opponents for the Chinese women in the grasscourt Olympic event, and they'll play singles as well as doubles.
Serena Williams on Saturday has just won the Wimbledon for the fifth time and also teamed up with her sister Venus to grab their fifth doubles' title on the same day.
The pair never lost in Olympic doubles competition while taking the gold together in 2000 and 2008.
Venus Williams also won the gold in singles in 2000, and she's the only three-time gold medalist in U.S. tennis history. When the London Games begins, she'll become the first American tennis player to compete in four Olympics.
Other major contenders in women's singles include Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, Russia's French Open winner Maria Sharapova, U.S. Open winner Samantha Stosur from Australia and Czech Petra Kvitova, winner of last year's Wimbledon.
This year's Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark are also among the medal hopefuls.
In the women's doubles, besides Williams sisters, Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic), Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci(Italy), Agnieszka Radwanska/Urszula Radwanska (Poland), Maria Kirilenko/Nadia Petrova (Russia), Nuria Llagostera Vives/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Spain) and Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond(United States) all have chances of taking medals.

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