The Guardian reports:

Forget Andy Murray, who was watched by a mere 10.5 million viewers on BBC on Monday night. The remarkable Jie Zheng was watched by an estimated television audience of over 100 million in China yesterday as she became the first woman from that vast country to reach the last four at Wimbledon. The audience in Shanghai alone was 14 million.

Zheng, ranked 133 in the world having been No786 at the turn of the century, also became the first wild-card entry to reach the semi-finals here as she beat Nicole Vaidisova, the 18th seed, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.

The most heart-warming piece in this story is that Zheng, who turns 25 on Saturday, will not pocket one penny of the £187,500 in prize money she is guaranteed so far. She will donate her winnings to the fund set up following the earthquake in the Sichuan Province in south-west China in May which killed 60,000 people and left five million homeless.

“I would like to give all the money,” she said, “but some will go to the tennis association. Apart from this I will do some charity work when I get back after Wimbledon.”

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