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Women's doubles world No. 1 Hsieh thanks friends, supporters

TAIPEI--After being crowned Women's Tennis Association (WTA) World No. 1 in the doubles rankings Monday, Taiwan's Hsieh Su wei (謝淑薇) thanked all the businesses and individuals who have supported her tennis endeavors.

Hsieh secured the No. 1 spot, which she now shares with her Chinese doubles partner Peng Shuai (彭帥), after the pair reached the semi-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open last week.

Hsieh and Peng fell in the semi final match to unseeded Spanish duo Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro, but the loss did not affect their place at the top of the rankings.

Hsieh became the first tennis player from Taiwan to ever hold a World No. 1 ranking in any category — a feat she was quick to attribute to the constant support and inspiration she has received from those around her.

As the official WTA rankings were updated, Hsieh wrote on her Facebook page that it was "the beginning of a new chapter in Taiwanese tennis history."

In the post, Hsieh said she was inspired by her "idol" Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳), who made history in 2010 by becoming the first Taiwanese tennis player to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

Hsieh said she was lucky "to have been able to witness Lu's efforts first hand," and has always seen him as her "role model."

She thanked the many people, including numerous sponsors and benefactors who supported her on her road to success.

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