Zheng Haixia, 6
feet and 8 inches tall, is by far the best women basketball player in
China, leading the Chinese national team to several
Zheng was born in
the city of Tuocheng in Central China's Henan
Province on March 7, 1967. She started to practice basketball at the age of 12
and was selected by the Wuhan Army club team one year later. In 1983, she
entered the national team.
In 1983, Zheng
make her debut at the World Basketball Championships and finished
3rd. The following year, she and her teammates finished
1st in Asian Junior Basketball Championships and 2nd in
the 23rd Olympic Games.
In 1986, she led
the Chinese team to fifth in the 10th World Championships,
1st in Asian Games, 1st in World University Games and
2nd in World Championships.
In 1992, she
inspired her teammates to win the silver in the Barcelona Olympics. The
following year, she won the East Asian Games, the World University Games and
In 1994, she
claimed the titles in the Asian Championships and ranked 2nd in the
World Championships, being named MVP of the event by averaging 26.4 points, 13.1
rebounds and shooting 83.5% from the field.
One year later,
she and her teammates retained their title in the 16th Asian
Championships. In 1995, Zheng helped China to
win the Asian Championships again.
In 1996, she made
her fourth Olympic appearance in Barcelona, averaging 18.1 points, 9 rebounds. One year later, she
won the 8th National Games with the PLA team.
After that event,
she retired from the national team and went to play with the Los Angeles Sparks
in the WNBA in the United
States. At the end of 1998, she
returned to China and began to coach the PLA women's