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Varvara Lepchenko

The Latest: Chinese qualifier Zhang reaches 4th round

The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):

11:25 p.m.

Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai's unexpected run continues in Australia. Zhang, who had considered retiring from the game a few months ago, has won her third main draw match at Melbourne Park, eliminating American Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-3 to reach the fourth round.Before this year's Australian Open, Zhang had been 0-14 at the Grand Slam matches in her nine-year career. Now, she's 3-0 to start 2016.

Zhang's ranking had dropped to No. 200 last year after a string of losses, prompting her to contemplate walking away from the game. She thought the Australian Open might be her last tournament, so...