Taipei, Hsieh Su-wei got off to a good start at the Australian Open on Tuesday, ousting Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in straight sets in a first round women's singles match.
Hsieh breezed past Voegele 6-2, 6-1 in just 58 minutes, taking advantage of her opponent's inability to get more than half of her first serves in to break her in six of her seven service games.
The 33-year-old Taiwanese, who had only beaten Voegele once in three previous matches, also kept her opponent off balance and on the run with her unorthodox ground strokes and fired 27 winners to only 10 for the Swiss.
Hsieh will next face world No. 110 Laura Siegemund of Germany, who upset two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in three sets in another first-round match.
Hsieh's singles match against the German and her opening-round doubles match are both scheduled for Thursday.
The Taiwanese veteran matched her best singles showing at an Australian Open last year by reaching the fourth round, but could have a tough time repeating that feat this year.
Should Hsieh defeat Siegemund, she would likely play defending U.S. Open champion and fourth-seed Naomi Osaka of Japan in the third round.
On Wednesday, the only Taiwanese in action at the Melbourne tournament were the women's doubles duo of Chang Kai-chen and Hsu Ching-wen who fell to Kaityln Christian and Asia Muhammad of the United States 6-1, 6-2.
The Taiwanese only had two break points the entire match, and failed to convert either, while the Americans converted four of their eight break-point chances.
Another Taiwanese women's doubles team, seventh-seeded Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching are scheduled to begin play at the Australian Open on Thursday when they face wild-cards Ellen Perez and Arina Rodionova of Australia.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel