Taiwan's Hsieh, Mertens advance to U.S. Open quarterfinals

09/07/2021 11:09 AM
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Hsieh Su-wei (left) and Elise Merten. Image taken from facebook.com/Dreamwalker.SwHsieh
Hsieh Su-wei (left) and Elise Merten. Image taken from facebook.com/Dreamwalker.SwHsieh

New York, Sept. 6 (CNA) Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and partner Elise Mertens of Belgium have advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open women's doubles with another straight sets win.

The top-seeded pair continued to dominate in New York, defeating Greet Minnen and Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 6-0, 6-2 in Monday's third round match that took just under an hour.

Hsieh and Mertens won 92 percent of their first-serve points and never faced a break point, while committing only 9 unforced errors, 10 fewer than their Belgian counterparts.

Minnen and Van Uytvanck tried to make a match of it in the second set, splitting the first four games. Serving at 2-2, the Belgians tried to hold on, saving six straight break points, but finally succumbed on the seventh, and Hsieh and Mertens coasted the rest of the way.

It was their third consecutive straight sets win in the tournament, but the competition will stiffen in the quarterfinals, where they will face the 11th-seeded Americans Coco Gauff and Catherine McNally, who have also yet to lose a set in New York.

The Americans reached the quarterfinals at this year's Australian Open and the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

Hsieh and Mertens are trying for their second consecutive women's doubles title at a major after winning Wimbledon in July.

The quarterfinals appearance is already Hsieh's second best showing in the U.S. Open women's doubles, tied with her finish in 2013.

The 35-year-old Taiwanese's best result came in 2012, when she reached the women's doubles semifinals with Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain.

(By Ozzy Yin and Joseph Yeh)

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