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Su-Wei Hsieh Begins Training In Paris

Former WTA world no. 1 in doubles Su-Wei Hsieh has finally returned to the court.

Her last match was in late 2021 at the WTA Finals for doubles in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she and Elise Mertens lost in the final to Barbora Krejcikova and Katarina Siniakova 64 63. Hsieh did not play any WTA matches in 2022. But her return to competition seems imminent.

Hsieh posted a video of her hitting strokes from the backhand corner of the baseline to a male hitting partner who volleyed from the net back to her. Hsieh’s form looked sharp and her flat shots had good pace and low net clearance.

The Facebook post said: “Back on road. Thanks Marc for great work out. Always have so much fun on court with my coach in Paris.”

Hsieh’s coach is former ATP player Marc Gicquel who reached no. 37 in the world in 2008. Gicquel, like Hsieh, had a unique career. He didn’t turn pro until age 22 in 1999 after continuing his studies and playing and playing two years of second division club tennis in France. He achieved career singles wins vs Nicolas Mahut, Alejandro Failla, Tommy Robredo and Thomas Enqvist. He played in three ATP singles finals – losing to Gasquet in Lyon 2006, Grosjean in Lyon 2007, and Ferrer in Rosmalen on grass in 2008. He won four ATP doubles titles.

Hsieh has made no mention of any injury or exactly why she hasn’t played a WTA match in over a year. Some have speculated silent ban or political shenanigans with the government of Chinese Taipei. Before the WTA Finals in Nov. 2021, she wrote on her Facebook page that she was taking an extended break after the Finals to heal an on-going injury.

Now 37 years old, Hsieh has won three WTA singles titles, 30 doubles titles and four Grand Slams in doubles, three Wimbledons and one Roland Garros. She has earned over $10m in career prize money.

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  • Eric · February 9, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    So glad she might be coming back soon! Any time spent watching Su-Wei the magician is a happy time. Would love to see her help Strycova do a proper farewell to tennis at Wimbledon. Mertens also doesn’t seem to have a great partner this year. BTW 30 doubles titles. 4 majors, 1 tour final, 25 other WTA. Quite an impressive career already.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 10, 2023 at 7:39 am

    Eric yes she has the best game to watch in the wta and the best energy too. It’s a mystery why this superstar attraction has sat out for 15 months, such previous time in the home stretch of her hall of fame career.

  • catherine · February 10, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Would be good to see SW back if it’s only for another year.

    Kasatkina loses again. These are her last 9 set scores:

    0-6 2-6 1-6 1-6 1-6 6-0 6-2 1-6 2-6

    When Dasha goes off the rails she goes right off. Call for help I think.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 10, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Is she playing that bad Catherine or just flat out tanking? The wta is at a very low ebb right now. You now it’s in crisis when the best player in the world Barty suddenly evacuates her throne and sacrifices millions. Predict she will return soon.

  • catherine · February 11, 2023 at 1:53 am

    I suspect off court problems are overwhelming Dasha. There’s no energy in her game. She still has family in Russia although she doesn’t live there. We don’t know the difficulties some players face in today’s world.

    Ashleigh won’t be returning anytime soon – she’s pregnant. She and Gary married last summer.

    I truly don’t believe Barty cares about the millions. She’s happy where she is.

    I’m not sure if it’s true that the WTA has fewer good players or if it just seems that way because there are a lot of tournaments and the talent’s spread thinner.

    The ATP seems to me at a bit of a turning point as well – Carlos is waiting in the wings but there’s a lot of pressure on the young players.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 11, 2023 at 8:09 am

    Catherine, the wta only gets interesting around the grand slams, everything else seems irrelevant, almost like exos. Barty was involved in 2023 AO, I think it shows she still has some desire to compete. Haven’t heard anything about her golf exploits.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 11, 2023 at 9:03 am

    It’s now official, Mouratoglou is no longer involved with Tsitsipas and no longer lets him have the free apartment at the Nice academy. Mouratoglou has since moved on to attach himself to Rune, after Tsitsipas elected to add Philippoussis to his team. This was a clear snub of Mouratoglou.



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