Fresh off the biggest title of her career this weekend at the $100,000 Shenzhen ITF Pro Circuit event in China, here’s a few things you might not know about new world no. 150 Carol Zhao.
Before turning pro in 2016, Zhao spent three fruitful years playing NCAA Division I tennis at Stanford. She and her Cardinal teammates won the school’s 18th National Championship and first since 2013. The native of Richmond Hill, Ontario was Stanford’s no. 1 ranked player and in 2015 she was ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I and became the first Canadian since 1998 to reach the singles final at the NCAA Championships.
In July 2015, Zhao and Gabriela Dabrowski teamed up to win a gold medal in women’s doubles at the Pan am Games in Toronto. Canada finished the event with two medals as Dabrowski and Philip Bester also won silver in mixed doubles.
Zhao spent several years at Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Montreal, reaching a career-high junior ranking of no. 9 in 2013, the same year she captured the junior Australian Open doubles title with Ana Konjuh.
Carol’s secret talent isn’t so hidden anymore. She can sing and play guitar with the best of them!
“I’ve performed at school, I do little coffee house gigs sometimes with my friends and one time I performed at the STANNYS which is like the ESPYs of Stanford Athletics, and that was also pretty nerve-wracking!”
Now Zhao can add one more thing to her list of accomplishments: she’ll make her Grand Slam pro debut in Melbourne when she competes in qualifying for the Australian Open in January.
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) November 15, 2017