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Hsieh, Peng advance to 3rd round at US Open

NEW YORK--Taiwanese tennis player Hsieh Su-wei and Chinese partner Peng Shuai advanced to the third round of the Women's Doubles at the U.S. Open Saturday in New York.

The duo, seeded at No. 2, defeated Darija Jurak of Croatia and Megan Moulton-Levy of the United States 6-4, 6-2.

Despite the Hsieh-Peng duo's success in grabbing three championships this year, including the French Open in June, they have confirmed that the Grand Slam event in New York will likely mark the end of their partnership, which began in 2009, if they fail to make it to the season-long “Road to Singapore” campaign.

Commenting on the news of the impending split of the celebrated pairing, Taiwan's top tennis player Lu Yen-hsun said he feels it is a pity, but he hopes both players will find new partners soon, he said.

Lu and his Czech partner Jiri Vesely saw their own setback Friday, when they failed to advance to the men's third round at the U.S. Open after losing to 6th-seeded Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6(3), 6-3.

Lu admitted that he had scheduled too many games, which had an impact on his ability to maintain his top physical condition. He said he would learn from this year's lesson and will focus on just men's singles next year.

The U.S. Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, continues through Sept. 8 in New York.

Separation Like 'Divorce': Hsieh

Hsieh said Saturday from the U.S. Open that even long-married couples get divorced, and “it's okay.”

The No. 2-seeded duo has been playing together since 2009 and have seen a string of successes since, including their Saturday advance to the third round of the women's doubles after defeating Darija Jurak of Croatia and Megan Moulton-Levy of the United States 6-4, 6-2.

Despite the duo's success in grabbing three championships this year, including the French Open in June, they have confirmed that the Grand Slam event in New York will likely mark the end of their partnership if they fail to make it to the season-long “Road to Singapore” campaign.

“Even couples that have been married for more than a decade can get divorced, let alone a paring of tennis doubles,” Hsieh said of the split, reassuring fans that “it's okay.”

“As long as (we're) happy,” she said. “We need to be happy and enjoy ourselves.”

As for her new partner, Hsieh said she will follow the decision made by her coach, Paul McNamee of Australia. But she said she will work hard on her women's singles career in the future.

Peng told reporters earlier that she has already found a new partner but declined to reveal her identity, saying only “(she's) not a Chinese player.”

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