Taiwan's `giant killer' remains humble after 3rd-round Wimbledon win

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Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇)/CNA file photo

Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇)/CNA file photo

London, July 7 (CNA) Although dubbed a "giant killer" who beat the world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania at Wimbledon Saturday, Taiwanese tennis ace Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) remained humble, saying that she was simply enjoying the game.

The 32-year-old Kaohsiung native, who is 48th in the world rankings, won the Saturday match in an uphill battle as the top-seeded Halep was once leading 5-2 in the final set. But Hsieh completed her mission impossible, coming from behind to clinch the hard-earned victory.

It marked Hsieh's first career success in making it to the fourth round of the grand slam in London.

It is not the first time Hsieh has played underdog in international competition.

In the Australian Open in January, she defeated both 3rd seed Garbine Muguruza and 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets to reach the fourth round, matching her previous best performance at Grand Slam level 10 years earlier.

Asked how she trained to become a "giant killer," Hsieh told reporters Saturday that she was focusing only on enjoying the game.

"I just want to feel free and enjoy the match. You know that anything can happen on court. All I want to do is just go on court and hit the shot, run every point and enjoy it."

Asked how her style of game could beat the best players, Hsieh said that "I just need to keep calm and keep concentrating on court."

But she also admitted that the unpredictability of her game has also driven her training partners crazy from time to time.

"I know I used to drive the girls crazy because in my practice, in every two shots I did one drop shot, if I didn't drop shot, I hit as hard as I can," she said.

She has made adjustments now during practices so that she doesn't scare away her partners, Hsieh said.

For her part, Halep gave high credit to the Taiwanese player.

"I just believe that I was not very positive on court," Halep said. "The match was very unprofessional for me. But I am too tired. I was too tired. I have pain everywhere."

"I will not find excuses about this match, she deserved to win, but still I'm sad about myself today."

Hsieh will next face Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia July 9.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Joseph Yeh)
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