Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei advanced to the second round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after the qualifier defeated No. 8 seed Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-4, 7-5.
Hsieh won 63 percent of her first-serve points and she converted seven of the 14 break points she earned to set up a second-round match against Australia’s Casey Dellacqua, who beat Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-0, 6-2 yesterday.
However, it was not all good news for Taiwanese players, as Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic defeated Chang Kai-chen 6-3, 6-2.
Hsieh also suffered a defeat in the doubles, when fellow Taiwanese Chan Hao-ching and her Japanese partner Rika Fujiwara knocked out Hsieh and her partner, Hsieh Shu-ying, 6-4, 2-6 (10/8).
In the second round, Chan and Fujiwara are scheduled to meet Romania’s Elena Bogdan and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand.
In other first-round singles matches at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort, fourth seed Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia defeated Kathrin Woerle of Germany 1-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-5; Greece’s Eleni Daniilidou beat Sania Mirza of India 6-2, 1-6, 6-4; Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic overpowered Iryna Bremond of France 6-0, 6-2; third seed Peng Shuai of China beat Austria’s Yvonne Meusburger 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; No. 6 seed Ayumi Morita of Japan beat Thailand’s Nudnida Luangnam 6-4, 6-0; and Jill Craybas of the US defeated Japan’s Yurika Sema 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.