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Hsieh, Peng rise to top 2 in WTA women's doubles after Qatar win

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese tennis star Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai (彭帥) have climbed to the top two positions in doubles on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour, following their latest win in the Qatar Open finals.

At No. 2, Hsieh is the first Taiwanese to be ranked that high, male or female, in singles or doubles. Peng's rise to No. 1 is also a new record for China, in all categories.

Hsieh and Peng beat Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-4, 6 0 in just 67 minutes on Sunday to clinch their 10th WTA doubles title together.

The duo has achieved a perfect 10-0 record in final games, having swept all the WTA finals they have competed in as a pair in since their first win in 2008.

"Hopefully we'll have more finals," Peng was quoted as saying in a report published on the WTA's official site.

"But this gives us more motivation to work hard. Now people will be watching us more so it puts more pressure on us — but Su-Wei and I are going to help each other and try our best to keep going," Peng said.

Their 10 WTA doubles titles include one in 2008 (Bali), three in 2009 (Sydney, Rome and Beijing), five in 2013 (Rome, Wimbledon, Cincinnati, Guangzhou and the WTA Championships) and now Doha.

In a Facebook post, Hsieh described her partnership with Peng as "amazing."

"Hopefully I'll be the next (to reach No. 1). Ha!" wrote Hsieh, who will move on next to Brazil for the Rio Open.

Hsieh will partner with her younger sister Shu-ying in two tournaments starting later this week in Brazil. She said she could move up to share the No. 1 spot with Peng if she and her sister manage to win either of the next two titles at stake.

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