Fan favorite Hsieh Su-Wei has translated her love affair with Australia right into a record-breaking maiden Australian Open quarter-final berth.
The 35-year-old from Taiwan grew to become the oldest first-time grand slam quarter-finalist within the open period when she upset world No.20 Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-Four 6-2 on Sunday.
Mentored by former Australian Open match director Paul McNamee, Hsieh’s first quarter-final berth got here in her 38th main.
In addition to doubles nice McNamee, the world No.71 has an Australian health coach, therapeutic massage therapist and hitting associate and has additionally spent off-seasons within the nation.
“I fairly like right here. I’ve an Australian coach. Most individuals comprehend it. This 12 months I’ve a hitting associate, he is dwelling Melbourne. We have now a whole lot of enjoyable collectively,” Hsieh mentioned.
Hsieh will face 2019 champion Naomi Osaka on Tuesday after Japan’s third seed clawed her option to a 4-6 6-Four 7-5 win over 2020 finalist Garbine Muguruza.
Watched within the Margaret Courtroom stands by McNamee, the artful Hsieh unsettled her 21-year-old opponent together with her unorthodox sport that features a two-handed forehand.
Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open finalist, put up a struggle within the first set however did herself no favours with 31 unforced errors for the match
Hsieh, who upset 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu within the second spherical, mentioned she was excited to get a straight-sets win.
“It is a bit unusual with no crowd but it surely was nice to get the win right this moment,” mentioned Hsieh, who’s the top-ranked doubles participant and doubles No.1 seed in Melbourne with Czech Barbora Strycova.
“I attempted to deal with my sport and get higher within the second as a result of the quarter-final I do not wish to miss.”
Hsieh reached the Australian Open fourth spherical in 2018 and 2008 earlier than setting her new excessive this 12 months.
“So I might be again subsequent 12 months,” she laughed earlier than crediting McNamee’s affect.
“He do not attempt to change an excessive amount of my stuff, however he give me some concept and attempt to assist me to enhance my sport,” Hsieh mentioned.
“I used to be working with him for years earlier than, so we all know how we work collectively. It is fairly snug when each time I work with him.”
Hsieh may face Serena Williams within the semi-finals if she continues her breakout run.
Williams continued her quest for a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles crown with a 6-Four 2-6 6-Four win over Belarusian seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka.