NOT SO FAST: Xu Yifan was already shaking hands, certain she and Gabriela Dabrwoski had lost before the winning shot was ruled out, allowing the pair to claw back victory
Date: Mar 15, 2018
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AFP, INDIAN WELLS, California
Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei on Tuesday cruised into the semi-finals of the doubles at the BNP
Paribas Open, while in the round-of-16 of the singles, Caroline Wozniacki suffered another exit at the hands of rising Russian star Daria Kasatkina.
Unseeded Hsieh and Barbora Strycova, playing in their first tournament together, took just 60 minutes to see off the challenge of Vania King of the US and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-4, 6-1.
The Taiwanese-Czech duo saved five of six break points and converted five of 11, winning 55 of the 94 points contested to advance to a semi-final against third seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Xu Yifan of China, who won their quarter-final against eighth seeds Andreja Klepac of Slovenia and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain in extraordinary circumstances.
The eighth seeds thought they had won the match 10-8 in the super tiebreak when a lob was called in, even shaking hands with Xu at the net, even though Dabrowski had challenged the call. [FULL STORY]