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Hsieh will not represent Taiwan in Asian Games

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese tennis star Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) yesterday announced her decision not to represent Taiwan in the Women's Doubles at the upcoming Asian Games, saying that she was disappointed that her proposal to team up with another Taiwanese tennis player was rejected.

In a Facebook post posted at midnight yesterday to announce her plans for the next two months, Hsieh said she will not be representing Taiwan in the Teams Event of the Asian Games that will be held in late September.

Hsieh said she is "very much looking forward to" the Asian Games.

However, she noted that she will not play for Taiwan in the Women's Doubles. Instead, she will play the China Open with her long-time partner Peng Shaui (彭帥) of China, to be held from late September to early October.

Hsieh, who joined her Chinese partner Peng at the top of the doubles rankings at the Women's Tennis Association this May, said the reason for not playing for Taiwan in the Women's Doubles category is that her proposal to team up with Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) or Latisha Chan, was rejected by Chan.

Calling Chan's decision "extremely disappointing," Hsieh said she was originally hoping to team up with Chan to try to win a gold medal for Taiwan.

"As a consequence, after consultation with my father and my coach, I will now play the China Open with my regular partner Peng Shaui," she noted.

Hsieh has previously made a public call to team up with Chan, one of the best female tennis players in Taiwan, at the Asian Games.

The public call was apparently a move initiated on Hsieh's part in an attempt to dissolve a long-time feud between the two ace tennis players.

However, Chan had made it clear that she only wanted to team up with her younger sister Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴).

Hsieh and Chan's feud reportedly originated from a long-standing rivalry between the two players while on both the local and international stage.

Hsieh is the No. 1 Taiwanese professional female tennis player. By winning the 2013 Wimbledon and 2014 French Open doubles championships, she became the first player from Taiwan to win a Grand Slam title of any kind. She is also the first individual from Taiwan to achieve the No. 1 world ranking in tennis, whether in singles or doubles, male or female.

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