Saturday, 6 July 2013

First Chinese win at Wimbledon!

Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai with their winners trophies after their historic win at Wimbledon (

Many congratulations to Hsieh Su-Wei (谢淑薇) and Peng Shuai (彭帅) for winning the Women's double match at Wimbledon!  The Taiwanese and Chinese duo won 7-6, 6-1 against Australia's Ashley Barty and Casey Dellaqua, using unconventional play and racket handling to catch their opponents off-guard.  The Australians played a  strong game, with 17-year old Barty making huge smashes, but Hsieh was able to stand her ground at the net and Peng served some strong volleys when needed.  On a few occassions, miscommunication resulted in Hsieh and Peng ending up on the same side of the court.  However, great tactics, great placement and courageous, unconventional game play led to a deserved win.

Peng Shuai hails from Hunan, and has been playing professional tennis since 2001.  In China she is ranked 2nd behind Li Na, and has won two gold medals in the 2010 Asian Games.  Hsieh Su-Wei hails from KaoHsiung and is number one in Taiwan.  Turning professional in 2001, she won gold in the 2005 Asian Games.  Both women had yet to win a title at the WTA, making this a momentous occassion for them and for Asia.  Will they continue this partnership next year? I hope so! 油!


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