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Keep Hsieh Su-wei in Taiwan, legislator urges

GREENER PASTURES?Hsieh’s father said a Chinese firm offered her US$1.63m to play in China as a Chinese citizen. She receives only US$50,000 in endorsements in Taiwan

By Chris Wang and Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporters

Hsieh said that she had also shaken hands with former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), adding that she heard that he was not doing well in recent years.

Addressing herself by her nickname Xiao-wei (小薇), or “little Wei,” Hsieh Su-wei said that her lucky number was four, which has the same pronunciation as the word for death in Chinese.

She said she was told that she would lose if “Dr Streaker,” a fervent fan from Taiwan, came to cheer for her, but she said she won two matches at Wimbledon last year with Dr Streaker present. Hsieh said that having director Chung Chuan (鍾權) make a documentary about her was supposed to jinx her chance at Wimbledon this year, because the couples or groups for which Chung had produced documentaries ended up breaking up or being dismissed. However, she won her first Grand Slam this year.

“So whom should I be afraid of? I am only afraid of myself,” she said.

Hsieh’s outstanding performance at Wimbledon boosted her world ranking in women’s doubles from No. 16 to No. 9. Her ranking in singles had dropped from No. 41 to No. 44.

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