- Wu first Chinese boy to win a US Open junior title
- Followed up week later with ATP Challenger win
- No Chinese man has ever reached the Top 100
Wuhan, China (CNN)During her playing days, China's first grand slam singles champion Li Na would often mock her male counterparts for being outperformed by the women.
The quick-witted Li, who retired in 2014, had after all won two majors and climbed to No. 2 in the world, while Chinese women had also been victorious in doubles at Olympic and grand slam level. No Chinese man, meanwhile, has ever been ranked inside the Top 100.
But all of that may be about to change with the emergence of 18-year-old Wu Yibing, one of the country's most exciting prospects, who won both the junior singles and doubles titles at the US Open in September.
"When I was playing, they always asked: where are the Chinese men?," Li said at last month's Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in her hometown of Wuhan in central China.