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Hsieh Su-wei, sister fall in final of Seoul Open doubles

2018/09/23 19:45:32

Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and her sister Hsieh Shu-ying (謝淑映) fell short in their bid to win the Seoul Open doubles title on Sunday, but both will move up in the women's doubles rankings for having reached the final of the event.

Hoping to win their first WTA Tour doubles trophy as a team, the Hsieh sisters were upended by the Korean local duo of Choi Ji-Hee and Han Na-Lae 6-3, 6-2 in just 59 minutes.

The turning point came in the eighth game of the first set, when the Hsieh sisters had their service broken to fall behind 5-3. The Koreans served out the set and rode the momentum to rattle off the final four games of the second set to clinch the match.

By reaching the finals, Hsieh Su-wei's doubles ranking should improve to 15th in the world, from 17th at present, while Hsieh Shu-ying could catapult from 263rd in the world all the way to 158th.

Hsieh had come into the US$250,000 Seoul Open in form, having won the singles title at the Japan Women's Open in Hiroshima last week.

She nearly duplicated that feat in Seoul, reaching the semifinals of the singles before losing to Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

(By Luke Sabtier)