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Australian Open: Zhang Shuai upsets the odds to reach quarterfinals

Updated 1541 GMT (2341 HKT) January 26, 2016
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Zhang Shuai's jubilant celebration has become a common sight at the 2016 Australian Open. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
China's world No. 133 has charmed tennis fans after ending an eight-year wait for a win in the main draw of a grand slam. SAEED KHAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Zhang brought her mother Wang Feng Qin (left) and father Zhang Zhi Qiang (right) to Melbourne because she feared it could be her final top-level tournament. Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
However, the 26-year-old has proved a popular attraction at the season's opening grand slam after her fairytale run to the quarterfinals. SAEED KHAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
After winning three qualifying matches, Zhang shocked world No. 2 Simona Halep in the opening round in Melbourne. SAEED KHAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
She followed that up with another straight-sets win in round two against 33rd-ranked Alize Cornet of France. SAEED KHAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Zhang enjoyed an even more comprehensive victory against Varvara Lepchenko of the U.S. in round three, dropping just four games against the former world No. 19. PETER PARKS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Zhang had some luck in the last 16 against 2015 Australian Open semifinalist Madison Keys, prevailing in three sets after the American needed extensive treatment on a leg injury. PETER PARKS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Zhang will next play another first-time quarterfinalist in world No. 47 Johanna Konta of Britain, who also caused a big first-round upset by beating seven-time grand slam champion Venus Williams. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/AFP/Getty Images