Wimbledon champ Hsieh qualifies for WTA Finals

10/19/2021 06:50 PM
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Tennis players Hsieh Su-wei (left) and Elise Mertens. Photo: AP
Tennis players Hsieh Su-wei (left) and Elise Mertens. Photo: AP

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) World No. 2 women's doubles player Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) has secured a spot at the Women's Tennis Association's (WTA) Finals following victory alongside Elise Mertens at the BNP Paribas Open this weekend.

The Taiwanese-Belgian duo will be making their debut together at the WTA's season-ending tournament after a fruitful 2021 brought wins both at Indian Wells and a Grand Slam triumph at Wimbledon in July.

Upon learning the news, which was announced by the WTA Monday, Hsieh wrote on Facebook: "Time to book our flight Elise. After winning IW, me & Elise are in the championship."

Hsieh, who is making her fourth appearance at the WTA's showcase event, will be hoping for a repeat of her 2013 victory with partner Peng Shuai (彭帥) of China.

The pair followed up the win with another final appearance in 2014, where their title defense was ended by a 1-6, 0-6 loss to Cara Black and Sania Mirza.

Hsieh's remaining appearance in 2019 brought a third run to the final with partner Barbora Strýcová, before going out 6-1, 6-3 to Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.

Besides the world No. 1-2 duo of Mertens and Hsieh, the WTA also announced that doubles pairings Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Demi Schuurs, and Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai (張帥) had booked spots at the tournament, which will take place this year in Guadalajara, Mexico.

They will join the already qualified Czech duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, as well as the all-Japanese partnership of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara, with three slots for the doubles tournament still up for grabs.

The 2021 WTA Finals features the eight best singles players and eight best doubles teams on the Porsche Race to the WTA Finals, which includes 51 WTA tournaments and four Grand Slams.

Hsieh and Mertens will battle it out against their doubles opponents in a round-robin format for the Martina Navratilova Trophy -- as well as one of the biggest prize purses in women's tennis.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Lee Hsin-Yin)


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