Asian Games champ Wang enjoys tennis down time

Wang Qiang. © Women’s Tennis Association
Wang Qiang. © Women’s Tennis Association

Beijing, China, May 22, 2020: China’s double Asian Games tennis champion Wang Qiang told media on Thursday she was enjoying her days without professional tennis, reports Xinhua News.

Wang, 28, won Asian Games gold at Incheon 2014 and Palembang/Jakarta 2018, and is ranked world No. 29 in women’s singles.

"To be honest I feel quite good to be able to sit back during this period of time after having traveled and played over many years to a point where the fatigue and injury had given me a warning," Wang said in an interview with China Daily.

"My body has now recovered and relaxed and I've been able to enjoy some quality time with my family, which I couldn't for years. This is not bad for me at all," she added.

Wang returned to China from the United States after the cancellation of the Indian Wells tournament in early March and has been training in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. With the joint decision from the ATP and WTA last Friday, the suspension of professional tennis has been extended until July 30.

As the highest-ranked Chinese player in the WTA, Wang noted the financial challenges for players without consistent earnings from tour wins but said she "can still handle the situation for a certain period of time. Financially I am okay, even though we all have to tighten our belts these days.”