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Taiwan Wins First Grand Slam Title

Newspaper article China Post

Taiwan Wins First Grand Slam Title

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei and China's Peng Shuai won the Wimbledon women's doubles title by defeating Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in a 7-6 (1), 6-1 victory.

Hsieh is the first Taiwanese player to capture a Grand Slam trophy, and Peng won her first doubles title at a major for China in seven years.

Before Hsieh, the best showing for a Taiwanese player at Wimbledon was by Lu Yen-hsun, who reached the quarterfinals of the men's singles by defeating Andy Roddick in 2010.

At the post-game press conference, Hsieh said it was a dream come true. She joked that she could retire now after holding the trophy.

"It's very special because I don't think tennis is popular in Taiwan," Hsieh said. "We didn't see much media during this tournament. I'm very proud that I could win this tournament together with my good friend.

"It's our first title, for Taiwan, so I think it's a big thing in Taiwan."

The 12th-seeded Dellacqua and Barty were bidding to become the first all-Australian team to win the women's title at the All England Club since 1978. The pair had a wonderful opening in the doubles final, but the 8th-seeded Hsieh and Peng eventually survived through a tie-break in the first set before taking away the second. Hsieh and Peng, both 27, played a few tournaments together as amateurs but ended their partnership after turning pro. After a seven-year hiatus, Hsieh asked Peng at the 2008 U.S. Open if she would be up for a renewed association.

Peng said the pair had won in different women's doubles tournaments in the WTA, but a Grand Slam was quite different for both of them. After the game, Peng said she believed they could be called "the Taiwan Strait pair," in reference to the their nationalities, with one from Taiwan and the other from across the strait in mainland China.

Political matters, however, caused a moment of awkwardness when a sports journalist asked the pair's opinion about playing for the honor of their respective countries during the press conference. …

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