Giorgi, ranked 136th in the world, had to qualify for the main draw, but the 27-year-old Taiwanese was taking nothing for granted.
“The young kids today are tough to play. They hit the ball really hard, and once they catch on to what you’re doing, they counter very quickly,” she said.
Both Lu and Hsieh said they got a boost from the many Taiwanese fans who turned out at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, to support them.
“Knowing that people are in your corner helps you pick yourself up at key moments or when things get tough. When you’re playing well, it helps you play even better,” Lu said.