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by rajes paul
Hsieh Su-wei giving her partner Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia a high-five during their semi-final match at the BMW Malaysian Open. The pair lost 3-6, 3-6 to Timea Babos-Chan Hao-ching of Hungary and Taiwan. – M. Azhar Arif / THE STAR
KUALA LUMPUR: Petite Hsieh Su-wei let slip a chance of becoming the world No. 1 doubles player but that did not wipe the smile off her face.
On Friday, the Taiwanese lost in her doubles match with Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia when they were beaten 3-6, 3-6 by top seeds Timea Babos-Chan Hao-ching from Hungary and Taiwan in the semi-finals of the BMW Malaysian Open at the Royal Selangor Golf Club here.
If she had gone all the way to nick it this week, she would have overtaken her regular partner Peng Shuai of China as the No. 1 doubles player. She would have been the first Taiwanese to do so.
“Really, I would have been the number one if I won it here? It is okay, my partner Peng Shuai can hang on to the spot as long as she wants,” she said, bursting into laughter.
Su-wei has been focusing more on the doubles event after twisting her ankle during a singles match at the Australian Open last year.
Currently, she is looking good to make the grand finale, the WTA Open in Singapore, with Peng Shuai in October as one of the top eight pairs.
That itself will be another breakthrough for Asian tennis players.
“I am doing well in the doubles now but I have not given up on the singles. It is better to keep one’s hopes on two events. If I do not do well in one, I can always count on the other,” she said breaking into her infectious smile again.
Together with Peng Shuai, she has won 11 WTA titles, which include the two they won this year in Doha and Indian Wells.
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