Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/11/12
China's most successful player Zheng Jie is convinced she's on her way to reach the group of highest ranked players after defeating Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Tuesday in her opening match at the Aegon Classic grass-court tournament. Zheng helped fuel Chinese tennis after becoming the country's first player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in Wimbledon in 2008, where she made history two years by winning the first ever doubles title. Although the 28-year-old player has not fully recovered from a wrist surgery, she won a see-saw struggle with a dangerously hard-hitting Russian during Zheng's climb in the WTA rankings. ''It's really good to be back on grass and I aim to be back in the top 20 again'' said Zheng, who is ranked No. 32. She will play against the No. 76th-ranked Anne Keothavong of Britain in the second round. Keothavong advanced after beating the 12-seeded Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-2, 7-5. Eleventh-seeded Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic was also ...
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