Jie Zheng left Roland Garros on Sunday with nothing to be ashamed
of: She had become the first Chinese player to make the fourth
round of a Grand Slam event, and her 6-4, 7-5 loss to Paola
Suarez had turned on only a few errant shots. A diminutive
baseliner with hard, flat strokes, the 21-year-old Jie was
chagrined only by her un-Chinese groans and screams after key
lost points. "It's out of control," said the 58th-ranked Jie. "In
normal life, I'm silent."
Her game did most of the talking last week. As for the future,
Jie will play other majors, but her eyes are on the 2008 Summer
Games in Beijing. "Being Chinese," she said, "the Olympics are
most important for me." --S.L.P.