Hsieh sails; Sharapova has special practice

Taipei Times
Date: May 17, 2018
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, ROME

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei on Tuesday was a two-time victor at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia,

Maria Sharapova returns to Ashleigh Barty during their first-round women’s singles match at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Tuesday in Rome. Photo: AFP

while Russian star Maria Sharapova giggled with delight as she revealed how she plucked up the courage to pop the question and got to practice with Rafael Nadal on the clay courts in Rome.

Qualifier Hsieh had to wait for the rain to ease before cruising past Belarussian world No. 45 Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-4 in 1 hour, 22 minutes.

The Kaohsiung-born world No. 50 saved one of three break points and converted five of seven, winning 64 of 118 points to advance to a second-round clash with British world No. 22 Johanna Konta.

Hsieh has a 2-2 career record against Konta and although she lost their most recent encounter on the grass courts at Wimbledon last year, she did win their last match on clay at last year’s French Open.    [FULL  STORY]

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