Taiwan’s No.13 seed Hsieh Su-wei advanced to the quarter-finals of the Aegon Classic grass-court tournament on Thursday by defeating Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-1, 6-2 in the third round.
Hsieh was scheduled to face eighth-seeded Ekatarina Makarova of Russia in a quarter-final match yesterday in the rain-stricken tournament.
China’s Zheng Jie also reached the quarter-finals on Thursday, but admitted she almost missed the event after forgetting to enter.
Zheng clinched a 6-4, 6-1 win over Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic, having had to play the qualifying rounds last weekend despite her ranking of 32, trumping some main draw players who stand at 120 in the world.
“I had to enter six weeks before, and at the time I was practicing in China and forgot. I wanted to come here anyway though, even if it meant playing in the qualifying. Before Wimbledon it’s only two weeks of grass-court tournaments,” Zheng said.
Zheng, who became China’s first Grand Slam semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2008, once again showed her comfort on grass, winning eight of the last nine games against the big-hitting Hlavackova.
“I’m so happy to be in the quarter-finals,” Zheng said. “I have played five singles matches already this week, and doubles also, so I’m a little bit tired.”
“Sometimes playing a lot of matches is good and sometimes it’s not, but I’m happy I made it through today and I just need to focus on the next match right now,” she added.
Zheng will next face fourth-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci, who dropped the middle set of her match against Britain’s Heather Watson, but rebounded to win 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
Vinci is fresh off her first Grand Slam title, winning the doubles at the French Open with Sara Errani.
Zheng leads Vinci in their head-to-head series 2-1, winning their last two matches in straight sets. Yesterday’s quarter-final was their first career meeting on grass.
Also moving on were fifth seed Jelena Jankovic, Irina Falconi and Melanie Oudin.
Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France and Japan’s Misaki Doi played in the last match of the day, with Doi leading 6-4, 2-2 when play was suspended because of rain.
Additional reporting by staff reporter