Taiwan's Hsieh ousted from Abu Dhabi Open doubles

01/11/2021 10:31 PM
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Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis veteran Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and her Czech partner Barbora Krejcikova saw their hopes for a women's doubles title at the Abu Dhabi Open dashed after losing in straight sets in the tournament's quarterfinals on Monday.

The Taiwan-Czech duo lost 6-4, 6-1 to Japan's Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara in a match that lasted 70 minutes at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex.

The top-seeded Taiwan-Czech duo had several opportunities to grab control of the first set, but wasted several break point chances in the set's third, fifth and seventh games.

The duo made even less of an impact in the second set in a disappointing finish, but Hsieh felt she got a lot of work in during her matches in Abu Dhabi.

"After the last three matches, I can even see my V-cut abs," Hsieh said on Facebook with an accompanying photo, followed by another message saying she has lost weight and hopes to make up for it in Melbourne, where she is due to compete in the Australian Open in February.

Hsieh played two matches Saturday, losing 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in a first round singles match against Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine that lasted more than two hours but then won a round of 16 doubles match with her Czech partner that went to a tense super tiebreaker and lasted 97 minutes.

Previously known as the World Tennis Championship, the Abu Dhabi Open is a WTA 500 event, the second highest category on the women's tour after WTA 1000 tournaments.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin)

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