Date: Oct 11, 2018
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter
Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei yesterday survived a scare to advance to the quarter-finals of the singles at the Tianjin Open in China, where she was joined by top seed Karolina Pliskova and fourth seed Aryna Sabalenka.
Fifth seed Hsieh survived a second-set fightback by Russian world No. 122 Veronika Kudermetova in their second-round match to post a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory in 1 hour, 39 minutes on the hard courts at the Tianjin Tuanbo International Tennis Center.
The Taiwanese world No. 30 saved two of seven break points and converted seven of 16, winning 87 of the 161 points contested to even her career record against the Russian after a straight-sets loss on the clay courts in Stuttgart, Germany, in April.
Hsieh next faces either Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova or Belgian third seed Elise Mertens, who are due to play their second-round match today. [FULL STORY]