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Unseeded Hsiehs win Hawaii Open doubles title

2017/11/26 21:00:00

Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇, second right) and Hsieh Shu-ying (謝淑映, second left)/image taken from 謝淑映's Facebook page (www.facebook.com)

Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) Veteran Taiwanese tennis star Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and her younger sister Hsieh Shu-ying (謝淑映) have captured their first ever WTA 125K doubles championship at the Hawaii Open.

The unseeded Hsieh sisters topped the second-seeded duo of Asia Muhammad of the United States and Eri Hozumi of Japan 6-1, 7-6 (3) in 80 minutes to win the title on Saturday.

The road to victory was not easy for the Taiwanese pair. They needed to win a super-tiebreaker to squeak through their opening round match, and then overcame the top seeds Han Xinyun of China and Makoto Ninomiya of Japan in the second round to reach the semifinals.

Once there, they needed a big comeback and a dramatic 11-9 win in a super-tiebreaker to beat the third-seeded Netherlands-Belarus team of Lesley Kerkhove and Lidziya Marozava 0-6, 7-6 (5), 1-0 (9) to reach the final.

The Hawaii Open is a WTA 125K series tournament, the secondary circuit of the women's tennis tour similar to Challenger events on the men's tour.

(By Hsien Chin-wen and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
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