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Taiwanese tennis star gets through 1st round at Australian Open

2018/01/16 22:50:13

Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Veteran Taiwanese tennis star Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) won her match in the first round of the women's singles at the Australian Open Tuesday, the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2018 season.

Hsieh, who holds 88th position in the world rankings, failed to win any games in the first set, but came back to defeat her opponent, Zhu Lin (朱琳) of China, ranked 114th, 0-6, 6-0, 8-6, in a match that lasted for one hour and 52 minutes.

The Taiwanese veteran took a while to warm up, which cost her the first set, but as the match progressed, she went all-out and dominated the second set.

Hsieh had fans biting their nails in the final moments of the final set as the score reached 7-6 with the Taiwanese player at match point, when Zhu hit the ball out of bounds.

Hsieh now progresses to the second round, in which she will face world number two Garbine Muguruza of Spain, seeded third in the competition, who prevailed over wildcard Jessika Ponchet of France 6-4, 6-3 in the first round.

The Australian Open, which kicked off a day earlier, will run through Jan. 28 in Melbourne.

Veteran Taiwanese tennis star Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇)/CNA file photo

(By Lung Po-an and William Yen)
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