Games, set and match

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESS By DUJUAN dujuan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Andy Mur­ray of Great Bri­tain takes selfie with fans af­ter de­feat­ing An­dreas Seppi of Italy dur­ing the first round of the men’s sin­gles at the 2016 China Open in Bei­jing on Tues­day.

Seven-time Grand Slam cham­pi­onChina Re­vealed,Venus Wil­liamsa doc­u­men­tary crashed out se­riesof the co-pro­duced­first round of by the the China Na­tional Open Geo­graph­icto Chi­nese Chan­nel wild­car­dand the Peng China Shuai In­ter­con­ti­nen­talon Mon­day. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Cen­ter, World theNo 1 first An­gelique episode Ker­ber, of which mean­while,was broad­cast con­tin­ue­don Satur­day, her stel­lar will sea­son­pave the by beat­ing­way for qual­i­fier­more Chi­nese Ka­te­rina com­pa­nies Sini­akova and in tele­vi­siontwo sets pro­gram­sin her open­ingto be match shown in on Bei­jing. main­stream in­ter­na­tional Af­ter a plat­forms.close first set, the for­merThe US first Open episode, semi­fi­nal­ist called Peng China al­lowedFrom Above:the Amer­i­canThe Liv­ing veteran Past, just de­scribedone game China’spoint in his­toric­the sec­ond tra­di­tions,to win the 7-5, Great6-1. Wall “In the and first mod­ernset I was con­struc­tion­re­ally try­ing pro­ject­sto fight be­cau­sein the pastI think 10 she years got from three a set bird’s-eye points,” said per­spec­tive. Peng af­ter the match.

“I Ac­cord­ing­think in to the the sec­ond com­mu­ni­ca­tion­s­set it’s re­ally im­por­tant­cen­ter, which when is I su­per­vised by the State got the first three points. It Coun­cil, China’s Cabi­net, the gave me more mo­ti­va­tion.” pro­gram will be shown on 41

Peng, 30, came of age at chan­nels in more than 170 the same time as China’s first coun­tries and re­gions, — and only — Grand Slam reach­ing a global au­di­ence sin­gles cham­pion Li Na. of more than 300 mil­lion

She reached a ca­reer high peo­ple. of 17 in 2011, the same year Li wonTo watch­her first such Slama doc­u­men­taryat Roland Gar­ro­son and Na­tion­al­rose to Day world was No 5, mean­ing­ful,”tak­ing with she her said,the pop­u­lar­ity adding thatof ten­nis­she is in look­ingChina. for­ward But Peng’sto see­ing ca­reer more has high­qual­ity since been blighted by Chi­nese-madein­jury, which forced doc­u­men­taries.her to miss much of 2015“A growingand pushed num­ber her of to peo­ple the have be­gun to watch doc­u­men­taries brink of re­tire­ment. in China. Even

“Af­ter the surgery, no one though for­eign pro­grams and could guar­an­tee I could come films are usu­ally con­sid­ered back to the court,” Peng said. to have bet­ter qual­ity and con­tent, “I’d like to take time to see if I be­lieve China can pro­duce I can go fur­ther (in tennis).” ones just as good by

Czech Sini­akova, 20, played learn­ing from our coun­ter­parts an im­pres­sive net game over­seas,” she said. against top seed Ker­ber but

China’s rise to be­come the was un­able to take con­trol of the match, hand­ing the Ger­man a 6-4, 6-4 win.

“She played re­ally well, es­pe­cially in the first set. I It was was try­ing so to be im­pres­sivepa­tient and wait­ing for my shots and for my chances,”to see how­said Ker­ber af­ter the match. great our home

The Ger­man won her sec­ond Grand Slam ti­tle of the coun­try is on year — and her ca­reer — at the US Open last month in Na­tional Day. the same week that also saw To­her watchrise to No such1, de­throninga long-reigning Ser­ena doc­u­men­taryWil­liams. on

Ker­ber, 28, started the year Na­tion­al­ranked 10th but Day reached was her first ever Grand Slam fi­nal at mean­ing­ful.” the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary — and scooped the crown.

Dong Her Jinx­ian, strong run con­tin­ued a as doc­u­men­taryshe reached en­thu­si­ast­the fi­nal of Wim­ble­don and bagged an Olympic sil­ver medal in Rio. 300

Ker­ber cred­its chang­ing mil­lion her on-court de­meanour — which once earned her the Es­ti­mated global au­di­ence who nick­name “Dun Curr-ber” will see the doc­u­men­tary series based on the in­ter­net meme China Re­vealed, which will be for “don’t care” — for her late shown on 41 chan­nels in more ca­reer re­nais­sance. than 170 coun­tries and re­gions

“I think it came from a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence... re­ally fo­cus­ing and try­ing to (be) world’smore pos­i­tive sec­ond-large­ston court econ­omy than neg­a­tive,”has in­creas­ing­lyKer­ber told re­porters­drawn at­ten­tionin Bei­jing. over­seas. Against such“I a think back­drop,this is the also coun­try one wantsof the to keys show why the I’m real play­ingChina to so view­ers­good and over­seasso con­sis­tent,via for­eign be­cause chan­nels.it’s re­ally im­por­tant to In have Septem­ber,your mind Na­tion­alon the Geo­graph­ic­court.” Mean­while,and the de­fend­ing­com­mu­ni­ca­tion cham­pion cen­ter Gar­bine signed Mugu­ruzaa strate­gic booked co­op­er­a­tionher spot in agree­ment­the fi­nal in 16, Bei­jing down­ing to 21-year-old­pro­duce more Yu­lia pro­grams Putint­seva that in will her tell sec­on­droundChina’s story match.to the world.

Dur­ingThe Spa­niardthe sign­ing­has cer­e­mony,her eyes on CuiYuy­ing,mak­ing her deputy sec­ond head con­sec­u­tiveof the State WTA Coun­cil Fi­nal In­for­ma­tion— the elite eight-play­erOf­fice, said sea­son China fi­nale Re­vealed will help the public — and needs to reach the in the United States and the fi­nal in Bei­jing to guar­an­tee rest of the world to bet­ter her qual­i­fi­ca­tion this week. un­der­stand China, which

On the men’s side, David would ben­e­fit the Sino-US Fer­rer and fel­low Spa­niard re­la­tion­ship. Roberto Bautista Agut both

“We would love to co­op­er­ate pre­vailed in their tougher-than-ex­pected with more do­mes­tic and first-round over­seas me­dia to strengthen matches. the in­ter­ac­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions

Lu­cas Pouille ousted wild­card be­tween China Lu Yen-Hsun of Tai­wan and other coun­tries, in two sets — and less than en­hanc­ing our friend­ships 50 min­utes — to take him a and un­der­stand­ing,” Cui step closer to a re­match with said. Rafael Nadal.

THOMAS PETER / REUTERS

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