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Hsieh, Peng sail to round three, Federer also cruises

DOUBLES VISION:It has been a good couple of days for Taiwanese players in London, as Hsieh’s compatriot Chan Hao-ching and Max Mirny advanced in the mixed doubles

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with Reuters, LONDON

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his Wimbledon men’s singles fourth-round match against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London on Monday.

Photo: AFP

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai of China, the reigning champions and top seeds, cruised into the third round of the women’s doubles competition at Wimbledon yesterday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ukraine’s Yuliya Beygelzimer and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland.

The cross-strait duo converted four of five break-point chances in their much-delayed second-round match to triumph in 1 hour, 2 minutes on Court 12 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London and set up a third-round clash with 14th seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France.

There was more good news for Taiwanese players in the second round of the mixed doubles on Monday, with 14th seeds Chan Hao-ching and her partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus defeating Vania King of the US and Tomasz Bednarek of Poland 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

The victorious Taiwanese-Belarussian duo next face the winner of yesterday’s match between the US’ Mike Bryan and Slovakian Katarina Srebotnik and Australian Chris Guccione and Georgian partner Oksana Kalashnikova.

In the men’s draw, Roger Federer was at his imperious best yesterday, rattling past familiar foe Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the 12th time in his career.

In a Court One masterclass, Federer demonstrated all the finesse and dazzling array of strokes that have earned him 17 Grand Slam titles, seven at the All England Tennis Club.

Clay-court specialist Robredo of Spain, who like Federer is 32 and has been on the professional tour since 1998, found better range and movement in the third set, but it was not enough — Federer’s serve was simply too potent and his net-play too sharp and accurate.

The Swiss master completed his 11th victory in 12 tour meetings over the Spaniard in an 94 minutes to set up a quarter-final date with compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat Robredo’s countryman, Felicano Lopez, 7-6(5), 7-6(7), 6-3 later yesterday.

French Open runner-up Simona Halep raced to a 6-3, 6-0 fourth-round win over Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas yesterday to become just the second Romanian woman to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

The world No. 3 has enjoyed a year of career-best results at consecutive grand slams and wasted little time in continuing that trend at the All England Tennis Club with a dominant victory on Court Two in just 57 minutes.

Halep became the first Romanian woman to reach a Grand Slam final in 34 years at Roland Garros last month, where she was beaten in three sets by Russia’s Maria Sharapova.

Yesterday’s victory ensured she followed in the footsteps of compatriot Virginia Ruzici, who lost at the quarter-final stage in 1978 and 1981, in reaching the last eight on the grass courts of southwest London.

The third seed is to meet Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki in the next round, after the German 19th seed overcame Diyas’ countrywoman Yaroslava Shvedova in a fourth-round encounter.

Lisicki’s love-affair with grass continued to blossom as she reached the quarters for the fourth year running with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Shvedova.

For 50 weeks of the year, the 24-year-old German seems to get lost in the crowd by producing one non-descript performance after another, but come Wimbledon fortnight and she runner-up morphs into a world beater and has now reached at least the quarter-finals in each of her last five appearances, having missed the 2010 tournament through injury.

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