Zhang Ze Missed Set Points and Lost in First Round

The first round of 2017 Shenzhen Open, with a total prize money of $731,680, kicked off on September 25th.


At 2pm, in the first match at center court, the French player Jeremy Chardy defeated Italian player Alessandro Giannessi 7-6/6-4. As the final eight of 2013 Australian Open, Chardy previously rose as high as No.25 in World Rankings. In their first clash against each other, Chardy took a 4-1 lead in the first set, but Giannessi forced a tie-break with his persistence. Then Chardy saved two set points and won the first set 8-6. In the second set, Chardy seized a break at 3-3, and held the lead to the end, sealing the victory with 6-4.

After the match, Chardy said, “It’s really difficult. I never played in a tough condition like this, really hot and humid. I’m just happy to win.”

Chardy’s newly-wedded wife was also cheering for him in the stands. Chardy said, “Really happy to get married. She is an amazing wife. I love to be responsible for my family. I will fight and go for them.”

In the second match at center court, Dudi Sela from Israel took 87 minutes to beat Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-0/7-6.

After the match, Sela said, “I think I played the first three games really good. I didn’t miss one ball. I didn’t make mistake. But in the second set he started playing normal. I had the chance to break in the first game of the second set, but I didn’t break it. I think he played better, more aggressive. It was more difficult for me at three set points in the second set. So I was lucky to win it in two sets.”

In the final match at center court, the wild-card Chinese player Zhang Ze missed a series of break-point chances, and lost 5-7/6-7 to Belgian player Steve Darcis in 112 minutes. Zhang Ze had 12 breaking points in the first set, but only seized one, and missed all the four set points; while his opponent converted two of the three break points. The second set went to a tie-break, and Darcis settled the tie with 7-3.

In the first round of men’s doubles held in No.2 court, the Spanish/Tunisian combination of Marcel Granollers and Malek Jaziri defeated Silva Dutra of Brazil and Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, 7-6/6-4. It is worth mentioning that all the four players will compete in singles. Silva will play against Chinese qualifier Zhang Zhizhen in the first round. 

Meanwhile, Zhang Zhizhen, paired up with his countrymen Bai Yan, with a wild card, was knocked out today in the first round of doubles by American and Canadian pair of Scott Lipsky and Adil Shamasdin, 4-6/7-6/6-10.