China’s Zheng Qinwen named WTA Newcomer of the Year

© WTA Tour
© WTA Tour

Beijing, China, December 15, 2022: The Women’s Tennis Association has named China’s rising star Zheng Qinwen as Newcomer of the Year for 2022.

Zheng, 20, is ranked 27 in the world and has a career win-loss singles record of 138-57 and prize money of just over USD1 million.

The WTA had this to say of the Shiyan, Hubei province-born right-hander: “Player who made Top 100 debut and/or notable accomplishments during the season.

“Zheng Qinwen rose over 100 places this season in the WTA Rankings, with a steady string of results over the year and broke into the Top 25 by the end of 2022. 

“She reached her first WTA final at the WTA 500 Toray Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo), the semifinals of the WTA 250 Melbourne Summer Set 1, the last eight at the WTA 1000 level National Bank Open presented by Rogers (Toronto) and posting her best Grand Slam result by reaching the Round of 16 at Roland-Garros. 

“Zheng Qinwen is the second Chinese woman to win a WTA Player Award, after Zheng Jie earned the Comeback Player of the Year honor in 2008.”