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Su-Wei Hsieh Still Winning at 37

Su-Wei Hsieh is playing her first Grand Slam since 2021 US Open after a 17 month hiatus from competition. The former world no. 1 in doubles returned to play in Madrid and is back in winning form at Roland Garros.

In doubles with her new partner Xinyu Wang of China, she has won two rounds in doubles, defeating Yulia Putintseva and K Rakhimova in the first round 60 63 and then former Grand Slam doubles champions Kiki Mladenovic and Shuai Zhang 61 64 in the second round. In the third round await the fifth seeds Demi Schuurs and Dana Krawczyk.

Hsieh was also in the mixed doubles with Nicolas Mahut and they won a first round thriller Jelena Ostapenko and Daniel Vega Hernandez 64 16 14-12. Then in second round they lost to Latisha Chan and Fabrice Martin 46 63 6-10.

It’s astounding that Hsieh is still a factor in Grand Slams at age 37 without any outstanding weapons other than her guile, finesse, shot selection and pinpoint precision. Hsieh is one of the greatest pure tennis players in the history of tennis.

Hsieh is ranked 286 in doubles now. This is her sixteenth appearance at Roland Garros where she won the doubles title in 2014 with Peng Shuai of China.

Hsieh’s first time playing Roland Garros was in 2006 – she lost first round.

Her first doubles appearance in Paris was in 2007, also a first round loss. She made the semis in 2009 and won her second Grand Slam title in Paris in 2014 – her first was at Wimbledon in 2013. Hsieh also won Wimbledon in 2019 and 2021.

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1 comment

  • Scoop Malinowski · June 5, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Update: Hsieh and Wang beat the 5 seeds today in straight sets.



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