BIG SERVER: World No. 28 Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan faces a tougher assignment in the second round against fifth seed and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova
Date: Jan 09, 2019
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter
Hsieh Su-wei yesterday advanced to the second round of the women’s singles at the
Sydney International, while fellow Taiwanese Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan had to battle through to the women’s doubles quarter-finals at the Hobart International.
Hsieh defeated world No. 35 Danielle Collins 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in 1 hour 40 minutes at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
The Taiwanese world No. 28 saved four of six break points and converted three of nine, winning 80 of the 151 points contested to improve her career record over the American to 2-0 following a 6-4, 6-3 victory in their only previous meeting in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2014.
The Kaohsiung-born 33-year-old faces a tougher assignment in the second round against fifth seed Petra Kvitova after the two-time Wimbledon champion overcame Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-1, 7-5.
“She came from Shenzhen and won the tournament, so I knew it would be a tough match,” Kvitova said after the match. “I’m happy with my performance in the first round. She’s a big server and a big hitter from the baseline, and I’m really happy I was able to win it.” [FULL STORY]