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Tennis: Wimbledon champions Hsieh, Peng conquer Cincinnati

 

Hsieh Su-wei (left) and Peng Shuai have won all seven of their WTA finals. Photo: Getty Images.

Hsieh Su-wei (left) and Peng Shuai have won all seven of their WTA finals. Photo: Getty Images.

August 19, 2013: Wimbledon women’s doubles champions Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai kept their fantastic year going at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, USA, beating Anna-Lena Groenfeld and Kveta Peschke for the Premier-level title.

 

The No. 3-seeded Hsieh and Peng were in trouble early, dropping the first set, 6-2, but they came back to take the second set 6-3 and built quadruple match point in the match tiebreak, 9-5. They missed those four and another at 10-9, but got sixth time lucky to win 2-6, 6-3, 12-10.

 

“They started playing well in the first set and it put a lot of pressure on us,” said Peng, China’s second-ranked singles player behind Li Na and 10th in the WTA Doubles Rankings, one spot behind Hsieh, Taiwan’s No. 1.

 

“It was our first time playing them together as a team, so we also didn’t know how to play them a little bit. We called our coach at the start of the second set and from there we just tried to fight, and we’re really happy we could come back and win the second set and of course win the match in the end.”

 

Peng and Hsieh now have seven WTA doubles titles – one in 2008 (Bali), three in 2009 (Sydney, Rome and Beijing) and three in 2013 (Rome, Wimbledon and Cincinnati). Even more impressive is that the Taiwanese-Chinese pair have never lost in a final – they are 7-0 in WTA doubles finals together.

 

This was Peng’s first tournament since winning Wimbledon with Hsieh, although she has kept busy at home.

 

“I had to go back to China to play the National Games. It’s every four years for us and it’s very important for my team, so I had a long week playing that and a lot of tough matches,” said Peng.

 

Hsieh said the team are also trying to qualify for the WTA Championships in Istanbul, a tournament that will be held in Singapore from 2014.

 

“We’re trying to get into Istanbul,” Hsieh said. ”We’ve never played Istanbul before, so we’re trying to schedule the tournaments better and trying to win a little bit more because we haven’t been playing a lot of tournaments. Now, including the New Haven Open next, we’ll have played nine tournaments together this year.”

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