Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei wins ITF women’s singles title in Shenzhen
Taiwanese tennis player Hsieh Su- wei ( ) , who ended a long slump in singles with a good showing in early March, won the singles title at a lower tier ITF event in Shenzhen on Sunday.
Hsieh, seeded third in the US$25,000 tournament, defeated unseeded Yang Zhaoxuan of China 6-2, 6-2 in Sunday’s final after having whipped top-seeded Duan Yingying 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals a day earlier.
The win will earn Hsieh 50 ranking points, which should help her singles ranking improve from its current 155th in the world to somewhere inside the top 140.
The Taiwanese veteran ended 2012 ranked 25th in the world, but her ranking had fallen steadily since then to 194th at the end of February 2015.
She had not made the main draw of a WTA event in 2015 until she got a wild card to the BMW Malaysian Open in early March.
Hsieh surprisingly won three matches to reach the tournament’s semifinals before falling to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, boosting her ranking back inside the top 150.
Better known for her doubles play, Hsieh is currently ranked ninth in the world in doubles.