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Battle against world No. 1 helped boost self-confidence: Hsieh

2012/06/30 14:55:15

London, June 29 (CNA) Hsieh Su-wei seemed not to be particularly frustrated by her inability to become one of the last 16 in the Ladies' Singles at Wimbledon, following her defeat by the top seeded Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in the third round match Friday.

"Being able to break her serve in the second set helped boost my confidence greatly," said Hsieh, who achieved her career best by getting into the third round and became the first Taiwanese female player to advance to the last 32 of the women's singles event at Wimbledon.

The 26-year-old player, ranked 63rd in the world, penned back the world No. 1 in the second set with gusty two-handed forehand and backhand groundstrokes that saw her take a 4-2 lead over the Russian ace.

"I had only hoped for a score without a zero," Hsieh told CNA while recalling her feelings before the match, which she had pictured as an impossible game.

After fending off several of Sharapova's powerful serves, however, she said she found that "it is not too far to get to where the tennis queen stands."

Sharapova steamrolled Hsieh in the first set, playing at a pace that overwhelmed the Taiwanese player and freely pounding powerful groundstrokes that Hsieh had trouble returning.

However, Hsieh got to break the Russian to open up the second set, and caused the fiery opponent to serve a total of five double faults during the match.

"It is a good and seldom opportunity to play against the world's top player," Hsieh said, noting that she got a confidence boost when she broke Sharapova's serves in the second set.

Speaking of the Taiwanese opponent who is one year her senior, Sharapova said she played many times against Hsieh when they were teenagers.

"She used to be a nightmare for me because she used to slice and drop shots on clay," said the 2004 Wimbledon champion.

Despite being elbowed out by Sharapova in the singles, Hsieh will continue to play at Wimbledon by teaming with Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the women's doubles and with Colin Fleming, also a German, in the mixed doubles.

(By Jennifer Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)