Hsieh, Strycova fall in Australian Open women's doubles final

01/31/2020 07:13 PM
Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇, left) / Image taken from Twitter (twitter.com/AustralianOpen)
Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇, left) / Image taken from Twitter (twitter.com/AustralianOpen)

Taipei, Jan. 31 (CNA) Veteran Taiwanese tennis ace Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and her partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic were fell short in their bid for a second Grand Slam title Friday after falling in the finals of the women's doubles at the Australian Open.

Hsieh and Strycova, the top seeds in Melbourne, lost 6-2, 6-1 to second seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France, in a virtual repeat of the one-sided WTA Finals doubles title match last November that Babos and Mladenovic won 6-1, 6-3.

Video source: Australian Open TV YouTube channel

Hsieh and Strycova's hopes for a second Grand Slam after winning Wimbledon last year were crushed by big serves and smashes down the line by Babos, whose powerful shots set up Mladenovic perfectly at the net.

The 34-year-old Hsieh, in particular, struggled to handle Babos' lethal backhand, which dominated the first set.

The second set started with greater promise for the top seeds, who held serve after saving a break point to take the set's first game.

But their challenge crumbled after being broken in the marathon third game of the set, which went to deuce four times and in which they fended off three break points before going down 2-1.

Losing the tight game seemed to sap whatever resistance Hsieh and Strycova had left, as they only won four points in the final four games of the match.

Babos and Mladenovic reclaimed the Australian Open title after winning in 2018 and finishing runners-up last year.

Despite the defeat, Hsieh will climb back to the top of the WTA doubles rankings following the Australian Open. It will be the second time in her career to be ranked No. 1 in doubles but the first time in over five years.

(By William Yen)

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