Su-Wei Hsieh Stuns Garbine Muguruza in Straight Sets Victory

Doug Mendoza
January 19, 2018

Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan celebrates her win against Garbine Muguruza of Spain in round two on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 18 January 2018.

Muguruza the current Wimbledon champion was put away by Su-Wei Hsieh from Taipei in what was a battle, but only for Muguruza to try and stay in the match.

Bending over to rescue a bug from the scorching court, Hsieh carefully handed the insect to a ball kid for safe keeping.

The 32-year-old got off to a flying start, racing to a 5-1 lead over the world No. 3 in the first. Being surprisingly aggressive, Hsieh took a one-sided tiebreak 7-1 and sealed the first set after a marathon 66 minutes.

Hsieh survived an incoming onslaught from Muguruza while serving at 5-5, and despite the lack of power on her shots, she made it up with her variety, slices, and angles which were a beauty to watch.

Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta, the 2016 Australian Open semifinalist, went down to USA lucky loser Bernarda Pera 6-4 7-5.

One of the most gifted athletes on the Tour, Muguruza is not always adept at making mid-match adjustments.

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Muguruza has struggled for fitness in the early weeks of the season and began the match with strapping on her foot.

Kerber says she is looking forward to the Sharapova encounter. Muguruza scattered 37 unforced errors.

US Open finalist Madison Keys was done and dusted in 41 minutes, opening with four straight aces and winning the first 11 games in her 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.

The deficit was reduced, but when the pressure mounted and Hsieh served for the match, the former doubles world No.1 managed to strike a laser-like backhand passing shot, before closing out a career-best win in style with a smartly deflected backhand victor.

Considered one of the contenders for the title after Serena Williams opted against defending her Australian title, Muguruza had a troubled preparation, including a retirement at the Brisbane International and a withdrawal ahead the quarterfinals in Sydney because of a right-thigh injury.

Aiming for the lines and corners, Muguruza struggled to handle the variety of shots as Hsieh saved a break point to hold serve and then prevailed in yet another marathon game with an fantastic forehand victor down-the-line.

Hsieh, who appeared to pinch back tears of joy after the two-hour triumph, will face another touch artist, Agnieszka Radwanska, for a place in the round of 16.

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