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Taiwan's Hsieh scores another win at Australian Open

2018/01/19 20:41:28

Image of Hsieh Su-wei taken from Australian Open's Twitter page

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) A day after stunning world No. 3 Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open, Taiwanese tennis star Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) picked up another win at the year's first Grand Slam event, advancing to the round of 16 in the women's doubles on Friday.

Hsieh and her partner Peng Shuai (彭帥) of China, seeded eighth in Melbourne, won their second-round match against Lesley Kerkhove of the Netherlands and Lidziya Marozava of Belarus 6-4, 6-1 in 67 minutes.

Image taken from Australian Open's website (ausopen.com)

Hsieh and Peng were tested early in the match, splitting the first eight games with their unseeded opponents, but then broke serve in the ninth game and never looked back.

They will next face 12th seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and American Raquel Atawo in the third round.

The Taiwan-China duo, who have won two Grand Slam titles together, Wimbledon in 2013 and the French Open in 2014, split up after the 2014 season. They partnered for two tournaments in 2016, but had not teamed up since then until getting back together at the Sydney International last week.

Hsieh hopes to continue her dream run in Melbourne on Saturday night when she faces 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round of the women's singles. Her match is currently the second night match scheduled on Margaret Court Arena.

Two other Taiwanese women also won doubles matches Friday to set up a sister showdown.

Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) of Taiwan and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia, the 14th seeds, had to save a match point before defeating Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6), in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

Chan admitted afterwards to feeling the oppressive heat.

"That's right! Its 40 degrees in Melbourne! It was a hard match today, played against my opponents for two and half hours and finally defeated them in the third set tiebreaker!" said Chan.

She said she would need to rest and recover for her next doubles match, which will be against her older sister Latisha Chan (詹詠然), and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic.

The older Chan and Hlavackova, the No. 1 seeds in the women's doubles, advanced to the third round with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia and Varvara Lepchenko of the United States.

"Tough condition for playing today, happy that we made it under this heat, onto R16," said Latisha Chan on her Facebook page. "And of course thanks for the support, specially like the weather today."

Latisha Chan formed the dominant women's doubles team of 2017 with Martina Hingis, but the Swiss legend retired at the end of the year.

Latisha Chan (left) and Martina Hingis (right)/CNA file photo


(By Lung Po-an and William Yen)
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