Hsieh and Strycova triumph in Rome

’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 22, 2020
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei, left, and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic celebrate with their trophies after winning the Internazionali BNL d’Italia women’s doubles final at the Foro Italico in Rome on Sunday.
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Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico.

It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February.

“After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site. “In doubles, you have a small court and it’s tough to get into the rhythm, but I felt like we started off [well] right away from the first match. I felt we were playing better and better.”

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