Date: Sep 12, 2019
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter
Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei yesterday had to dig deep to maintain her defense of the Japan Women’s Open title, as Australian Priscilla Hon served for the match three times before the top seed eventually prevailed to book her place in the quarter-finals in Hiroshima.
World No. 29 Hsieh was made to battle for a second day, this time falling a set behind to the world No. 123, before fighting back to edge the match 1-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 in 2 hours, 10 minutes.
The 33-year-old Taiwanese was well off the pace in the first set, failing to create a single break point as the 21-year-old Australian converted two of four to take control of the match.
“In the first set, [Hon] was hitting so well and I had no rhythm,” Hsieh told the WTA Web site.