Tai­wan’s Hsieh Su-wei wins ITF women’s sin­gles ti­tle in Shen­zhen

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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