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Hsieh wins Taiwan's first grand slam title at Wimbledon

2013/07/07 12:42:26

Hsieh Su-wei holds the championship cup after the game.

Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Hsieh Su-wei became the first Taiwanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam title, capturing the trophy after she and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai beat the Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 7-6 (1), 6-1 in the women's doubles final at Wimbledon Saturday night London time.

The pair, who are both 27, have been friends since twelve-years old and played several tournaments together as amateurs.

Hsieh and Peng were nicknamed the "Crab Duo" because their surnames combine to become the euphony of the Mandarin Chinese pronunciation of "crab." However, the "Crab Duo" has recently become the "Cross-strait Duo."

Their longtime friendship is now capped with a Grand Slam title, which Hsieh's father Hsieh Tzu-lung had predicted since the pair's early success together.

"We're very proud we can win this tournament together with my good friend. It's our first title, for Taiwan, so I think it's big thing in Taiwan," Hsieh said.

The eighth-seeded pair withstood a tight first set and fought their way back to force a tie-break after the Australian duo broke for 3-1.

Hsieh and Peng dominated the tie-break, taking it 7-1. From there the pair took control, capitalized on the Australian duo's errors and cruised to win the match.

The victory is a historical one for Hsieh, who wins Taiwan's first Grand Slam trophy and the honor to join the exclusive Wimbledon "Last 8 Club," whose members are entitled to lifetime access to the grounds every day of the world's oldest and most prestigious tournament and daily match tickets for Centre and No.1 Courts.

President Ma Ying-jeou has congratulated Hsieh on her achievements and wishes her to continue to work hard and pursue her goals.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Eve Lee)