Fri, Sep 21, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Taiwan’s Hsieh cruises into semis at Guangzhou Open

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei cruised into the semi-finals of the Guangzhou Open singles tennis tournament yesterday, but there was disappointment for her fellow countrywomen in the doubles competition.

Hsieh sprinted to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over France’s Mathilde Johansson yesterday to set up a semi-final clash with fourth seed Urszula Radwanska in the Chinese city today.

Poland’s Radwanska defeated fifth seed Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-1, 7-5 in her quarter-final.

On the other side of the draw, third seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania beat No. 8 seed Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 6-3 to set up a semi-final against Britain’s Laura Robson, who battled past seventh seed Peng Shaui of China 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.

Taiwanese players were less impressive in the doubles

Hsieh Su-wei and her partner, Hsieh Shu-ying, were knocked out by Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn and China’s Zhang Shuai, who beat the Taiwanese duo 6-3, 3-6, 13-11.

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan retired feeling dizzy for a second time this week.

On Tuesday she retired from her singles match with Zheng Jie of China, then yesterday, playing with Chan Hao-ching, she retired again when 5-1 down to Han Xinyun and Liu Nannan

Chang Kai-chen also exited along with her partner, Japan’s Shuko Aoyama, after they were beaten 6-1, 4-6, 14-12 by Tetiana Luzhanska of the US and China’s Zheng Saisai.


Top seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark coasted into the quarter-finals of the Korea Open yesterday, defeating qualifier Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 6-3, while fourth seed Nadia Petrova of Russia pulled out of the tournament in Seoul with a lower-back injury.

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain benefitted from Petrova’s decision to withdraw before their second-round match.

All the other seeds advanced, No. 6 Varvara Lepchenko of the US defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-4, 6-1; No. 7 Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic seeing off Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 7-6 (8/6); and No. 8 Ekaterina Makarova of Russia downing qualifier Jamie Hampton of the US 6-3, 7-5.

In yesterday’s other match, Austria’s Tamira Paszek cruised past wild-card Lee So-ra of South Korea 6-2, 6-0.

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