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Tennis: World-beaters Peng, Hsieh crown historic week in Qatar

Peng Shuai (left) and Hsieh Su-wei (right) won their 10th doubles title as a team in their 10th WTA final, a day ahead of moving to No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the WTA doubles rankings. Photo: QTF / Angelo Tonelli.

China’s Peng Shuai (left) and Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei (right) won their 10th doubles title as a team in their 10th WTA final, a day ahead of moving to No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the WTA doubles rankings. Photo: QTF / Angelo Tonelli.

February 17, 2014: Peng Shuai of China and Taiwan No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei capped a remarkable week on Sunday by winning the Qatar Total Open, improving their record in WTA doubles finals to 10-0 and achieving historic individual rankings.

 

After winning all three of their previous rounds in straight sets, the second seeds and reigning Wimbledon champions signed off seven games in a row from 5-4 up against Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik in the final to secure a 6-4, 6-0 win over the third seeds.

 

Peng and Hsieh, both 28 and born within four days of each other, have now won 10 WTA doubles titles together, while Peng will move to World No. 1 and Hsieh No. 2 on Monday, setting new records.

 

“Hopefully we’ll have more finals,” Peng laughed. “It was a great week for us. We played some very good teams this week, especially today in the final, and we’re really happy to win this title.”

 

The long-time friends will displace joint No. 1s Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy, who were the top seeds in Doha but were beaten by Peschke and Srebotnik in the semis.

 

Peng will become China’s first World No.1, male or female in singles or doubles, while Hsieh will become the highest-ranked Taiwanese player ever across all categories. Peng edged ahead of Hsieh on points by winning the recent Pattaya Open with compatriot Zhang Shuai.

 

Peng and Hsieh won five titles last year – in Rome, Wimbledon, Cincinnati, Guangzhou and the WTA Championships in Istanbul – to add to their first success in 2008 (Bali) and three in 2009 (Sydney, Rome and Beijing).

 

Peng, who made a special mention of coach Guillaume Peyre, next heads home to the northern Chinese metropolis of Tianjin, where she expects a grand welcome.

 

“I really want to thank all my team, my parents, my friends and everyone who helped me and supported me all these years. Getting to No. 1 is a great and amazing moment for me and I hope to share it with them now. I’m going to go home and will celebrate with everyone there,” said Peng, who warned against complacency.

 

“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. We are looking forward to the rest of the year and hopefully the WTA Championships in Singapore.”

 

Hsieh next heads to Brazil for the inaugural Rio Open in Rio de Janeiro, where she’ll team up with her younger sister, Hsieh Shu-ying.

 

Qatar Total Open: Results – Sunday, February 16, 2014

 

Singles – Final
(7) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (6) Angelique Kerber (GER) 62 63

 

Doubles – Final
(2) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. (3) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) 64 60

 

Source: WTA

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