Hsieh reaches quarterfinals of women's doubles in US Open
CNANEW YORK -- Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open women's doubles Tuesday, overcoming a bumpy start to continue their good form at Grand Slam events.
September 5, 2013, 12:32 am TWN
The fourth-seeded Hsieh and Peng, who won the Wimbledon doubles title earlier this year, upended Serbian Jelena Jankovic and Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-4, 6-2 in 71 minutes to book their spot in the final eight.
The 15th seeded Serb-Croat duo seem determined to avenge their quarterfinal loss to Hsieh and Peng at Wimbledon, surging to a 4 1 lead to open the match.
Hsieh and Peng quickly recovered, however, breaking serve in the sixth game and running off the final five games of the set.
“At the beginning of the match we were both a little nervous. There were some shots that we didn't play very well,” Hsieh said. “But after we finally got a chance to break our opponents' serve, we got some momentum and went on to win the match.”
The duo was more dominant in the second set, winning 84 percent of the points in their four service games while breaking their opponents twice.
Hsieh and Peng jumped for joy at the end of the match to celebrate their latest victory.
“I'm very happy because of how well we've done so far, and also because the victory was a big step forward in getting us into the WTA year-end doubles event in Istanbul,” the 27-year-old Taiwanese veteran said.
In the quarterfinals, Hsieh and Peng will face the formidable 10th-seeded Chinese Indian duo, Zheng Jie and Sania Mirza, who swept aside the sixth-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Czech Kveta Peschke 6-2, 6-3 in their round of 16 match.
Hsieh, who has teamed up with both Zheng and Mirza in doubles in the past, recognized the challenge her former partners would pose.
“They will not be easy opponents for us, but my partner and I will do our best,” she said.
Hsieh and Peng have clinched three doubles titles so far this year — at the Italian Open in Rome in May, Wimbledon in July, and the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati in August.
Meanwhile, Taiwan's Chan Hau ching and her German partner Martin Emmrich lost to Kristina Mladenovic of France and Daniel Nestor of Canada in the mixed doubles quarterfinals 7-6 (5), 6-3, also on Tuesday.
“We had a chance to win if Emmrich had not sprained his ankle,” Chan said, noting that the injury had left her partner unable to play at full strength.
Chan said they hope to team up again in the future because they got along well both on and off the court.
But Chan said she will still focus on women's doubles in the future because mixed doubles are only played at four Grand Slam events.