Hsieh ousts Pliskova to reach semis

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Taipei Times
Date: Feb 22, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei yesterday stunned another former world No. 1 to advance to the semi-finals of the

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei returns to the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in their Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships quarter-final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in the United Arab Emirates yesterday.  Photo: EPA-EFE

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, the world No. 31’s second semi-final of this year.

Hsieh overcame a second-set rally by Czech fourth seed Karolina Pliskova and fought back from 5-1 down in the third set to complete a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 victory in 1 hour, 59 minutes on Center Court at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

Pliskova fired down nine aces, but the Taiwanese No. 1 saved nine of 13 break points and converted four of eight, winning 67 percent of points on her first serve to give her a 1-1 career record against Pliskova following a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4) defeat in Miami last year.

“[Pliskova] serves really big,” Hsieh said after the victory. “She makes ace almost every game. It was not easy to come back.”

“I say [to] myself: ‘OK, if she [does] not ace me, I hit [the] ball, hit so much harder than before, then she cannot hit a winner,’” Hsieh added.    [FULL  STORY]

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