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Hsieh poised to become World No. 1 in women's doubles

TAIPEI--Taiwanese tennis star Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) will join her Chinese partner Peng Shuai (彭帥) at the top of the doubles rankings next week, according to a report published by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

Hsieh will become the first tennis player from Taiwan to be ranked No. 1 internationally in any category, male or female.

"Reaching No. 1 in the world is a great feeling," Hsieh, who has been in the No. 2 position since Feb. 17, was quoted in the report as saying.

"We have been working really hard as a team. I was very proud of Peng reached No. 1 earlier this year and now I am happy we can share it," she said.

Peng, meanwhile, said their goal this year is to reach the WTA Championships in Singapore.

"It is nice to share the No. 1 ranking with Su-wei and we look forward to playing together the rest of the year, trying to reach the WTA Championships," Peng said.

WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster described Hsieh and Peng as "a great doubles team" and "an inspiration to the fans throughout the Asia-Pacific region."

On Wednesday, the pair advanced to the semifinals of the women's doubles at the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain after defeating fifth-seeded Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Sania Mirza of India.

Hsieh and Peng have achieved a perfect 11-0 record in final games, having swept all the WTA finals they have competed in as a pair since their first win in 2008.

Their 11 WTA doubles titles include one in 2008 (Bali), three in 2009 (Sydney, Rome and Beijing), five in 2013 (Rome, Wimbledon, Cincinnati, Guangzhou and the WTA Championships) and two in 2014 (Doha and Indian Wells) so far.

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