Taiwanese stars Lu and Hsieh into third round at US Open
CNANEW YORK -- Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun and Hsieh Su-wei each entered the third round of the doubles competitions at the U.S. Open Saturday, beating past Grand Slam winners.
September 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The fourth-seeded Hsieh and Chinese Peng Shuai beat the the non-seeded duo Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia and Australian Samantha Stosur 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, in a game that lasted two hours and seven minutes.
Hsieh and Peng are the winners of this year's Wimbledon women's doubles title, while Kuznetsova and Stosur won the women's singles title at the U.S. Open in 2004 and 2011, respectively, and have won Grand Slam games paired with different players.
After Saturday's match, Hsieh, 27, said she felt as if she was actually playing a singles game because her competitors' shots were coming so fast.
But she said she is familiar with Kuznetsova's style of play as they had teamed up in doubles games when they were in their teens.
Hsieh and Peng will meet the 15th seeded pair Serbian Jelena Jankovic and Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the third round of the competition.
Meanwhile, Lu, who teamed up with India's Divij Sharan, advanced to the third round of the men's doubles for the second time, after beating the Israeli duo of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2).
It is the first time since 2009 that Lu, 30, has reached the third round of the tournament.
He said he and his 27-year-old partner stumbled a bit in the match against the men's doubles winner of the 2008 Australian Open and they lost the second set, despite an initial 4-1 lead.
“Both of us were giving great performances in the second set before the score was 4-1,” he said.
Unseeded Lu and Sharan will next face the 5th-seeded pair of Pakistani Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands.
The other Taiwanese player in the tournament — 19-year-old Chan Hao-ching who partnered with German Martin Emmrich in the mixed doubles — is scheduled to play against 6th seeded American Lisa Raymond and Rojer in a second-round match Sunday.
However, Chan's sister, 24-year-old Chan Yung-jan, ended her run at the tournament when she and Swede Robert Lindstedt lost their second-round match to 7th seeded Czech Andrea Hlavackova and Belarusian Max Mirnyi 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.
“No matter how I do at this U.S. Open, I'll enjoy all of it,” said Chan Yung-jan, who just returned to competition at the U.S. Open after taking six months off because of health issues.