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Has Su-Wei Hsieh Silently Retired?

By Scoop Malinowski

The great queen of Chinese Taipei tennis has mysteriously vanished from the WTA circuit.

Su-Wei Hsieh, though still ranked no. 7 in doubles, has not played a WTA match since the WTA Guadalajara finals where she and partner Elise Mertens lost the final to Krejcikova and Siniakova 63 64. Hsieh and Mertens won Indian Wells together last October.

Her last singles match was at Cormayeur, France in late October, a loss to 175th ranked Aliona Bolsova 16 76 46. Hsieh was ranked 95 in singles at that time, and now her ranking has fallen to 252. Just a year ago at 2021 AO, she reached the QF.

There has been no reports of any injuries from Hsieh on social media or any word about retirement. But at age 36 now, which she turned in January, it’s hard to imagine Hsieh can ever regain her position in the top 50 or 100.

In doubles, her last partner Mertens is now playing successfully with Veronika Kudermetova.

With her incomparable creativity and diverse shot selection and unique hand skills, touch and feel, Hsieh has always been the most unpredictable player in the WTA since she rose to prominence a decade ago by winning French Open and Wimbledon doubles. So how and why Hsieh would decide to depart from professional tennis should not be expected to be a typical or normal farewell

Overall, Hsieh has won three WTA singles titles and added 30 more in doubles.

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