THIRD SUCCESS: Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova added the Birmingham title to their victories in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in February and Madrid last month
Date: Jun 25, 2019
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with Reuters
Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei on Sunday claimed her third doubles title of the season at the Nature ValleyClassic in Birmingham, England, while Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian in 43 years to climb to the top of the world rankings after she won the singles title
Second seeds Hsieh and Barbora Strycova outlasted fourth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Demi Schuurs 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 10-8 in 1 hour, 49 minutes in a rain-interrupted doubles final that had to be completed indoors.
The Taiwanese-Czech duo saved five of nine break points and converted five of 13, winning 54 percent of points on their second serve to add the Birmingham title to their victories in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in February and Madrid last month.
The victory improved their career record over the German-Dutch duo to 2-0 after a straight-sets quarter-final victory on their way to the title in Dubai. [FULL STORY]