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Wimbledon champ Hsieh Su-wei returns home

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hsieh Su-wei, the first Taiwanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam by grabbing the ladies' doubles title at Wimbledon last week, returned to Taiwan last night to a hero's welcome.

Her return was delayed after missing three flights in London. "I'm boarding the plane now, see you back in Taiwan," she wrote on her Facebook page as she finally managed to catch her flight.

She is expected to have a tight schedule today. She will pay tribute to the now deceased former chief of the Chinese Taipei Tennis Association (CTTA), Yang Ping-yen, who had supported her.

She will also meet with Liao Yu-hui, the incumbent head of the CTTA before taking an oral exam at Taipei Physical Education College (TPEC) where she is enrolled, according to the United Evening News.

Hsieh is also expected hold a press conference tomorrow to speak about her Wimbledon championship, which she won with her Chinese partner, Peng Shuai.

Her father, Hsieh Tzu-lung, yesterday clarified his previous remarks about seeking financial support for the tennis player.

He said his daughter is not asking for government funding, but hopes the government can help her and all other tennis players look for sponsorships from private businesses.

Her success has again highlighted a lack of government support for Taiwan's professional players in any sport.

Chang Si-min, deputy chief of TPEC, was cited by the United Evening News as stressing that Taiwan badly needs a tennis center that can be devoted to training players and holding international tournaments.

Taipei City plans to build a tennis center for the 2017 Universade it is hosting, but the budget has been drastically cut, Chang said, adding that major tennis competitions have been held at the Taipei Arena.

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