Zhang Shuai hilariously eats sandwich during Caroline Garcia match at Japan Open

Zhang Shuai

There’s never a bad time to each a sandwich –– as China’s Zhang Shuai proved at the Japan Open. 

During the Chinese star’s second-round match against Caroline Garcia, Zhang gestured for some food and was brought out a sandwich that she soon tucked into. 

The match had been going on for almost two hours at this point and Shuai was clearly in desperate need of an energy boost. 

Needless to say, even the commentator was stumped with Zhang’s food choice: “Is that a sandwich? I’m not sure what Zhang Shuai has there,” she admitted. 

Whatever was in the sandwich, it certainly did the job as Zhang defeated the in-form Garica in three sets to book her spot in the quarter-final. 

WATCH: Zhang Shuai eats sandwich during match at the Japan Open

How did fans react? 

As you’d expect, fans found the sandwich situation hilarious and were quick to react on social media. 

“Would she like to share with us this delicious recipe,” one wrote on Twitter.  

“Drop the zhangwich recipe, Shuai,” replied the WTA. 

“When you gotta eat, you gotta eat,” joked another. 

Meanwhile, the WTA also shared an old clip of Serena Williams, who once randomly requested an espresso while playing at the Hopman Cup. 

WATCH: Serena Williams requests an espresso at the Australian Open

Who is Zhang Shuai? 

Zhang is a two-time Grand Slam champion in doubles, having won the 2019 Australian Open and 2021 US Open with Samantha Stosur. 

In singles, her highest ranking is 23rd and her best performance at a major came at Wimbledon in 2019, when she reached the quarter-finals. 

Zhang has reached six WTA finals during her career so far, winning three. The last of these victories came at the Lyon Open in March of this year. 

Zhang Shuai

Who else is playing at the Japan Open?

Zhang is one of two players to have made the quarter-finals in Japan and home favourite Naomi Osaka will be hoping to join her. 

The former world number one beat Daria Saville via walkover in round one, after the Aussie sustained an ACL injury. 

Next up for the four-time major champion is Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia, who is seeded fifth for the event. 

Top seed Paula Badosa plays Qinwen Zheng in another round of 16 tie, while fellow Spaniard Garbine Muguruza is the other player to have reached the last eight already.

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