Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei joined fellow Taiwanese Chang Kai-chen in the first round of the Malaysian Open yesterday after she defeated Ayu Fani Damayanti of Indonesia 7-6 (8/6), 6-0 in qualifying.
Hsieh’s prize is a first-round clash against eighth seed Anne Keothavong of Britain, while Chang faces another qualifier, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.
In other first-round matches yesterday, Australia’s Olivia Rogowska defeated Elitsa Kostova of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-0; Australian seventh seed Jelena Dokic defeated Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-3, 6-1; Croatan fifth seed Petra Martic defeated Erika Sema of Japan 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; and Japan’s Misaki Doi defeated wild-card Olga Puchkova of Russia 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
In the doubles competition, Chang and her partner, Taiwan’s Chuang Chia-jung, upset the fourth seeds, Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Chan Chin-wei of Taiwan, 3-6, 6-2 (10/8).
In another first-round match, Liu Wanting and Yu Yifan of China defeated Taipei-born Hsu Wen-hsin and Lu Jingjing of China 6-1, 6-3.
Hsieh also features in the doubles competition alongside compatriot Hsieh Shu-ying and they are drawn to face Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching and Japan’s Rika Fujiwara, the third seeds.
AP, MONTERREY, Mexico
Hungary’s Timea Babos won her first WTA title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Alexandra Cadantu of Romania in the Monterrey Open final.
The 18-year-old Babos got one of her two breaks late in the second set to clinch victory.
She dominated when serving, not allowing a single break point to the 21-year-old Cadantu.
Babos, ranked 107th in the world, had five aces.
Babos made the semi-finals in Bogota last week, but before that she had only one main-draw win.