Photo: Paul ZimmerSu-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai
Hsieh Su-Wei became the first player from Chinese Taipei to win a Grand Slam title after teaming with China’s Peng Shuai to defeat Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the Wimbedon ladies’ doubles final.
The No. 8 seeds, who first met at the age of 13 when they were both members of the ITF International Team to North America in December 1999 supported by the Grand Slam Development Fund, defeated the Australian pair 76(1) 61 to cap a dream run at the All England Club.
“We're very proud that we can win this tournament together with my good friend,” said Hsieh Su-Wei. “It's first title for us, for Taiwan, so I think it's a big thing in Taiwan.”
“It's very special because I don't think tennis is popular in Taiwan. Even we don't see many media during this tournament,” she added.
The result proved significant for China too as Peng became the third Chinese player to win a doubles title and the first Chinese ladies’ doubles champion at Wimbledon since Yan Zi and Zheng Jie defeated Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez in the final in 2006.
The Grand Slam Development Fund, which supported both Peng and Hsieh in their junior days, was originally established in 1986 to encourage and increase competitive opportunities in developing tennis regions and is funded by annual contributions from the four Grand Slam nations. It is designed to encourage the establishment of both junior and professional circuits and to assist players directly, through touring teams or travel grants, to gain international competitive experience.
Meanwhile, Barty and Dellacqua are the first Australian pair to make the Wimbledon final since 2009 when Rennae Stubbs and Sam Stosur were defeated in the final by the Williams sisters.
It’s their second Grand Slam final this year after making the final at the Australian Open where they were defeated by Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.