It’s one of the funniest and most popular on the women’s track, but when Su-Wei Hsieh spoke about the absence of an audience at the Australian Open, it was serious because of the restriction created by the pandemic: “It’s good to be safe, we’re all in Safety. “To shoot right away,” I’m only worried about Uber Eats if I can still eat something in the room. ” Hsieh became the oldest rookie in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament at the age of 35. It is his 37th presence in a major, 21 years after he first visited Melbourne Park to compete in the Junior Open.
“There is only one Su-Wei,” says Paul McNamee, his Australian coach since 2017, who recounted an episode he spent in a tournament in Eastbourne when Hsieh missed a lot of balls for meters and she only a while later warned the bat line was broken; she hadn’t even noticed, as she rarely breaks a rope. “She is a free spirit, you cannot be arrested. Your tennis reflects your way of being out of court ”, summarizes the ex-Top 25 and owner of four Grand Slam titles in pairs in the 1980s.
McNamee also helped Hsieh enjoy the life of a tennis player, and today the tennis player knows the best Asian restaurants in big cities. Hsieh occupies 71st place in the individual ranking and is number one in the peer classification, a variant in which he has already won 28 titles, three of them in the Grand Slam, but the experienced Australian coach underlines the teamwork, which also includes belongs to a coach physicist, a physiotherapist, both Australians, and another coach, Frederic Anière, who has since become Hsieh’s friend, with whom he lives in Paris.
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After beating Czech Marketa Vondrousova (20th) 6: 4: 6: 2, who was affected by an injury to her left thigh, the Taipei player admitted that she has a certain style that she calls “Su -Wei style “denoted: with or without effects, exploration of angles and surprises with increases in the network and amorties, more in placement than in power, which mixes most opponents. The next opponent, Naomi Osaka, won four of the five duels, but three were decided in the third set.
“If she were a video game character, I would choose her. My mind cannot understand the decisions it makes on the pitch. It’s not fun to face her, but it’s great fun to watch her play, ”said Osaka. Hsieh will keep the same philosophy of life. “I’m not worried about that. She will probably destroy me on the pitch. I will try to see it soon. If I lose, I won’t lose anything: I’ll wait for the end of my detention and have fun, ”said Hsieh.
Osaka (3rd) extended his unbeaten record for the 18th time in a row by defeating Garbiñe Muguruza (14th) 4: 6, 6: 4 and 7: 5 after he won two match points 3: 5 (15 : 40) had canceled the set, one with the 11th ace. The Japanese, who became champion here in 2019, added up to a total of 40 winners and continues without losing a third set at Grand Slams since early 2018 – a series that since Steffi Graf was never seen again between 1995 and 1999.
In the other quarter-final game, Simona Halep (2nd) meets Serena Williams (11th), who defeated Aryna Sabalenka (7th) 6: 4, 2: 6 and 6-4 in the first encounter with the top 10 of the last 17 months . It also took Halep three to overtake Roland Garros Champion Iga Swiatek (17th): 4-6, 6-1 and 6-4.
In the men’s category, Dominic Thiem (3rd) was clearly defeated by Grigor Dimitrov (21st): 6-4, 6-4 and 6-0. The winner of the US Open in September failed to take advantage of a break in the first sets and accused some wear and tear of the preliminary round, in which he removed Nick Kyrgios in five sets and only won five points in the third game. In contrast, Dimitrov, who was semi-finalist here in 2017, was very consistent throughout the meeting, where he added 25 winners.
Aslan Karatsev’s (114th) victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime was just as surprising. On the debut of the Grand Slam senior national team, the qualified Russian not only won a fifth set for the first time, but also recovered from 0: 2 in sets: 3: 6, 1: 6, 6: 3, 6: 3 and 6 : 4. Karatsev is the first tennis player since 1996 to reach the quarter-finals on his Grand Slams debut, and the lowest-ranked player to have reached the Australian Open since 1991.
With the guaranteed entry into the top 100, the 27-year-old Russian decides with Dimitrov for a place in the semi-finals.
Novak Djokovic appeared at the Rod Laver Arena, recovering from his abdominal injury and although he gave up a set and Milos Raonic saw 26 aces, he used three out of 11 breakpoints to win 7-6 (7/4), 4 -6 , 6-1 and 6-4. In the quarters, the leader of the table will meet Alexander Zverev (7th), who has not lost a set since he gave up the first game at this Open.