Unseeded Australian Open star Hsieh Su-wei has reached her first career Grand Slam quarter-final at age 35.
Unseeded Hsieh Su-wei has reached her first career Grand Slam quarter-final at age 35, with a superb Australian Open performance on Sunday.
Hsieh’s 6-4 6-2 victory over 2019 French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova made her the oldest woman to make her major quarter-final debut in the professional era.
“It was a great win today because finishing in two sets was really good,” Hsieh said in her on-court interview, having beaten Vondrousova in three sets in Abu Dhabi last month.
“I know I just play her but I totally don’t remember how she plays. I was like, ‘Umm… OK’. I was asking my team to give me some advice!”
This is Hsieh’s 38th main-draw appearance at a major tournament.
The 19th-seeded Vondrousova made 31 unforced errors, 13 more than Hsieh.
Hsieh is ranked 71st and plays with an unusual style that includes two-handed shots off both sides.
She beat 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the second round at Melbourne Park.
Next up for Hsieh will be third seed Naomi Osaka, who survived match points in a remarkable three-set win over Garbiñe Muguruza.
Knowing the task she faces against the wily veteran, Osaka said: “I’m not looking forward to it.”
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