Australian Open 2021: ‘Really feel like 18’ Taiwanese veteran Hsieh Su-wei after making historical past

Australian Open 2021: ‘Really feel like 18’ Taiwanese veteran Hsieh Su-wei after making historical past

Some of the unorthodox gamers within the girls’s recreation, she gained 80 p.c of her first-service factors in opposition to Vondrousova, who was hampered by 31 unforced errors.

Australian Open 2021: 'Feel like 18' Taiwanese veteran Hsieh Su-wei after making history

Hsieh Su-Wei is into the quarters of a Grand Slam for the primary time. AP

Melbourne: Taiwan veteran Hsieh Su-wei stated believing she was “nonetheless younger” helped her sweep into a primary Grand Slam quarter-final after 16 years of attempting Sunday, turning into the oldest participant to make a last-eight debut within the Open Period.

The 35-year-old overwhelmed Czech Marketa Vondrousova, a participant 14 years her junior, within the Australian Open fourth spherical to set-up an all-Asia conflict with Japan’s Naomi Osaka.

Hsieh, the present doubles world primary however ranked 71 in singles, obtained a early break within the opening set and by no means regarded troubled in outwitting the nineteenth seed 6-4, 6-2, a participant she additionally toppled in an Abu Dhabi warm-up occasion in January.

She made her Grand Slam debut in 2005 however had by no means gone past the fourth spherical earlier than in 37 earlier makes an attempt.

“I attempt to faux I am solely 18 years outdated. My psychological (age) may be very younger,” she stated on her secret for achievement.

“I additionally attempt to look little bit younger this time, it helps rather a lot,” she added with a smile.

“For me, an important factor is to remain pleased, to take pleasure in it, not get damage.”

Hsieh, by far the least adorned participant left in her aspect of the draw, had already proven her mettle by beating 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

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Some of the unorthodox gamers within the girls’s recreation, she gained 80 p.c of her first-service factors in opposition to Vondrousova, who was hampered by 31 unforced errors.

Requested how she had been capable of preserve her stage over so a few years, Hsieh recounted a narrative about her how her boyfriend’s dad and mom virtually fell asleep after they first got here to look at her on the French Open.

“Earlier than Roland Garros I used to be by no means capable of beat the highest 10 participant,” she stated. “I used to be courting my boyfriend, it was first yr or second yr, however his dad and mom was first time coming to look at my match.

“So I see the dad and mom, I believe they appear to be they are going to go to sleep. I believe I play actually unhealthy. I inform myself, ‘Okay, now I do not care what occur, I’ll attempt to get each ball, attempt to make it look little bit higher’.

“Not less than I need to see them a bit of bit awake. That is the way in which I get again, win the set and win the match. After that, I begin successful (in opposition to) some prime 10 gamers.”

Hsieh did not say when this occurred, however earlier than assembly Osaka she owned a 8-25 file in opposition to prime 10 gamers with 4 of the wins coming at Grand Slams, together with victory over Britain’s Johanna Konta, then ranked eight, on the 2017 French Open.

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