‘Queen Wen’ Makes Stunning US Open Quarterfinal Debut, Alcaraz Advances
Rising star ‘Queen Wen’ Zheng Qinwen secures her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance, while Alcaraz impresses with a confident victory.
‘Queen Wen’ Zheng Qinwen’s Sensational US Open Debut, Alcaraz Shines
Chinese sensation Zheng Qinwen, fondly known as ‘Queen Wen,’ secured her spot in the US Open quarterfinals with a commanding straight-set victory over fifth seed Ons Jabeur from Tunisia. Zheng triumphed with a scoreline of 6-2, 6-4.
This remarkable win marked Zheng’s debut victory against a top 10 player and her very first time advancing to the final eight of a Grand Slam event, as reported by Xinhua.
In her on-court interview at the Louis Armstrong Stadium, the 21-year-old Zheng expressed her joy and excitement: “Right now, I just feel super happy and excited to play in the big stadium and had a really good performance today.”
When asked about her popular nickname, ‘Queen Wen,’ Zheng playfully responded, “I love the name ‘Queen Wen’. Come on, it’s queen.”
Next up, Zheng will face Aryna Sabalenka on Wednesday, with the Belarusian second seed breezing past Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-1, 6-3.
In men’s singles, world number one Carlos Alcaraz of Spain displayed confidence as he defeated 22-year-old Italian Matteo Arnaldi in straight sets, with a final score of 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Alcaraz commented on his performance: “The intensity from the beginning until the last ball, I think I played a really solid match, fewer mistakes, played my game, trying to go to the net all the time. So I’m really happy with the performance in general.”
In another men’s match, third-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia overcame Australia’s Alex de Minaur, winning 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2, and securing a spot in the quarterfinals. This victory marked Medvedev’s fourth quarterfinal appearance in New York in the past five years, and he previously clinched his first Grand Slam title two years ago by defeating Serbian legend Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
Commenting on the challenging conditions during the match, Medvedev said, “The conditions were some of the most brutal we’ve ever played. There was one moment where I thought I’m not going to be able to play until the end, it’s so tough. But I looked across the net and noticed he was slowing down too, so I thought okay, I can do this. Then I managed to serve much better, and it changed the match.”
Medvedev’s compatriot and eighth seed, Andrey Rublev, also advanced with a victory over Briton Jack Draper, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.