Taiwan's Hsieh outlasted by Japan's Osaka at Australian Open

01/19/2019 12:36 PM
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Hsieh Su-wei (Image taken from the WTA
Hsieh Su-wei (Image taken from the WTA's twitter account)

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis veteran Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) lost 7-5, 4-6, 1-6 to Japan's Naomi Osaka in the third round of the women's singles at the Australian Open on Saturday.

Osaka's win ends Hsieh's chance to equal her best performance at women's singles of the Australian Open, where she battled her way to become one of the 16 strongest players in 2008 and 2018.

The two held serve until the fifth game, and Hsieh managed to frustrate the 21-year-old U.S. Open tennis champion with changes of pace and saved three break points in the sixth game.

Osaka fought back against the run of play in the 7th and 9th game, but the 33-year-old Taiwanese withstood the pressure and gained three set points in the 12th game, leaving her Japanese opponent smashing her racket onto the court in agitation.

The Japanese fourth seed eventually regained her composure to beat Hsieh 6-1 in the Margaret Court Arena, ending Hsieh's chances to reach the quarterfinals.

The two have played once before in 2015 in a match Osaka won.

On Friday, Hsieh and Abigail Spears of the United States were defeated in their second-round match at the Australian Open women's doubles.

Osaka will face Latvian 13th seed Anastasija Sevastova for a place in the quarterfinals.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Chung Yu-chen)


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