China Sports Weekly (5.29-6.4)-Xinhua
BEIJING, June 4 (Xinhua) — Here are the latest Chinese sports headlines from last week:
1. Chinese teenager Zheng reaches the round of 16 at Roland-Garros
China’s Zheng Qinwen was never really tested en route to her third-round French Open victory as the 19-year-old swept past France’s Alize Cornet to reach the knockout stages.
In that round, Zheng was stopped by Polish world No. 1 Iga Swiatek, but this is the first time the Chinese teenager has reached such a stage in a Grand Slam.
2. Han Xu sets a new WNBA season record
Han Xu scored a season-high 13 points in the New York Liberty’s 92-61 WNBA loss to the Seattle Storm, including seven of his team’s 15 points in the first quarter.
Also this week, Han’s Chinese national teammate Li Yueru made her first WNBA appearance with the Chicago Sky.
3. Chinese volleyball team captain Jiang has his eyes on Paris 2024
After a 50-day closed training camp in Jiangmen, Guangdong province, the China men’s volleyball team has embarked on their journey to the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2022.
Captain Jiang Chuan has set a clear goal to win as many games as possible in the VNL and lead the team to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
4. China beat the Netherlands in the first round of the Women’s VNL
China’s women’s volleyball team came back from a set to beat the Netherlands 3-1 in the Volleyball Nations League, the first international competition for China since the Tokyo Olympics last summer.
5. Chinese walker Qieyang celebrates his third title in five weeks
World silver medalist Qieyang Shijie of China celebrated her third title in five weeks with a convincing 20km victory in the 35th Gran Premio Cantones de La Coruna, a gold event of the World Athletics Race Walking Tour, which was held on Saturday in northwestern Spain.
With his victory in La Coruña, Qieyang maintains his perfect start to the current season.
6. Amateur cyclists take an epic ride in Tibet
Several Chinese amateur cyclists completed an epic race of more than 2,000 km through 14 high-altitude mountains along the Sichuan-Tibet highway.
Hou Weiyu, 52, took only five days 17 hours and 26 minutes to complete the extreme route.■