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Hsieh Su-wei captures ITF event in China, could move into top 70

2012/04/15 21:36:50

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei continued her unlikely run toward the London Olympics Sunday by capturing the US$50,000 ITF Women's Wenshan singles title.

Hsieh, the tournament's top seed, completed her unobstructed run through the lower tier event by defeating unseeded Zheng Saisai of China in the final 6-3, 6-3.

The world No. 76 did not lose a single set during the week and dropped only 20 games in five matches, and she also teamed up with Hsieh Shu-ying to win the Wenshan doubles title on Saturday.

The unorthodox 26-year-old Taiwanese tennis player, known mostly as a doubles specialist during her up-and-down career, was not thought of as a potential qualifier for the London Olympics women's singles event when the year began.

But she suddenly put herself into contention by taking her first ever WTA Tour singles title in Malaysia earlier this year.

The win vaulted her to 78th in the world, tied for a career best, and Sunday's victory earned her another 70 ranking points that will likely push her into the top 70.

To automatically qualify for the Olympic singles event, Hsieh needs to be ranked among the top 56 women in the world as of June 11.