Zhang dreaming big

Chinese qualifier Shuai Zhang has said she just wants to “show the best” of herself following another improbable victory in the third round of the Australian Open, and has now set her eyes set on the title.

The 27-year-old, who is ranked 133rd in the world, entered the tournament with an 0-14 record in Grand Slam events after coming through the qualifiers and has now set-up a fourth round clash with Madison Keys on Monday after beating Varvara Lepchenko on Sunday.

World number two Simona Halep was her first victim in the opening round before Frenchwoman Alize Cornet was beaten in straight sets as her rise through the tournament sent shock waves through the lockeroom.

Zhang defeated Lepchenko 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday and revealed her delight at progressing through into uncharted territory.

“I want to show the best of Zhang Shuai,” she said.

“I think I did a great job today. Every time many people watch me play, I play really well. I feeling more exciting. I want keep this feeling. So many girlfriend come to hug me. So proud of me, so exciting and happy.”

When asked if she believed she could win the tournament and lift the silverware, Zhang did not hesitate to answer: “Before, no. But today, maybe yes.”

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