Taiwanese tennis star Hsieh Su-wei sails into round 2 at U.S. Open

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Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) / CNA file photo

Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) / CNA file photo

New York, Aug. 28 (CNA) Veteran Taiwanese tennis star Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) proved Tuesday that "age is just a number" when she won her match against a player nearly 10 years younger than herself in the first round of the women's singles at the U.S. Open.

The 32-year-old Hsieh defeated 23-year-old Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, in a match that lasted one hour and 56 minutes, to advance to the second round.

Hsieh, placed at the 43rd in the WTA singles rankings, led the scoreboard in the first set to finish 6-3 as Alexandrova struggled to warm up in time.

Alexandrova, ranked 113th in the world, fired back to take the second set 6-4, stopping the Taiwanese veteran from winning two sets in a row.

In the decisive third set, Hsieh found her momentum, breaking her opponent's serve and winning the final set 6-3.

Hsieh will face world No. 35 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the second round.

Hsieh will also be playing alongside her partner Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus against Darija Jurak of Croatia and Xenia Knoll of Switzerland in the first round of the women's doubles Wednesday, New York time.

(By Ozzy Yin and William Yen)

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