Hsieh wins Cincy women's doubles
CNATAIPEI--Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei and her Chinese partner Peng Shui won the 2013 Western and Southern Open women's doubles title Sunday, their third doubles title of the year.
August 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The Wimbledon champions, seeded third in the Cincinnati tournament, overcome sixth-seeds Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic in the final 2-6, 6-3, 12-10.
“It was a match full of twists and turns,” said Hsieh, Taiwan's top-ranked women's tennis player, who has performed far better in doubles than in singles this year.
Hsieh and Peng faced an uphill battle from the very start after both having their first service games broken and falling behind 4-0 in the first set.
Groenefeld and Peschke volleyed effectively and calmly handled Peng's powerful groundstrokes to gain the upper hand.
“Before the second set started, we asked our coach to come on the court and give us some advice. We made some changes to our play from the baseline and our overall strategy,” Hsieh said.
And it showed. They approached the net more aggressively to put pressure on their opponents and evened the match, sending it into a deciding super-tiebreaker.
Hsieh and Peng raced to a 9-5 lead in the decisive game, but could not put their game opponents away despite repeated match points.
After Groenefeld and Peschke evened the tiebreaker at 10-10, however, the Taiwanese-Chinese duo forced their opponents into consecutive errors to grab the title.
“The super-tiebreaker was super clutch and super tense,” Hsieh said.
The title was their third of the year, following doubles wins at the Italian Open in Rome in May and Wimbledon in July, when Hsieh became the first Taiwanese tennis player in history to claim a Grand Slam title.
It also improved Hsieh's doubles ranking to seventh in the world, up from ninth last week.
The two are now eyeing another Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, which begins on Aug. 26, and will play one more warm-up event — the New Haven Open — before then to prepare.
Hsieh and Peng will be the top seeds in New Haven.
The Taiwanese veteran will also try to get her singles game in order, and opens with a first-round match against qualifier Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.
Since reaching the second round at Wimbledon, Hsieh has lost first-round singles matches at three consecutive tournaments, including in Cincinnati.
Hsieh Su-wei, of Taiwan, and Shuai Peng, of China, pose for photographs after winning their Western & Southern Open women's doubles final against Anna-Lena Groenefeld, of Germany, ...