Taipei, Taiwanese tennis veteran Hsieh Su-wei saw her singles run at Wimbledon end Friday after falling to third-seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in a third-round match.
Pliskova outlasted Hsieh 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in a tactical match that lasted 1 hour and 46 minutes and often had the players competing to see who could hit the ball softer, shorter and at wider angles.
The strategy played out well for Hsieh, at least for the better part of two sets, who used a combination of drop shots and groundstrokes to the corners to keep Pliskova off balance.
Pliskova had a big advantage, however -- a rifle-like serve that resulted in 14 aces and several more service winners and a powerful forehand that had Hsieh on the defensive.
The third seed was at her best when she could exploit that power game, including when she rattled off the final three games of the first set to give herself the early edge.
Hsieh lured Pliskova into playing her slower paced game in the second set, and staved off four break points while serving at 4-2 to win the game and deflate her Czech opponent.
Pliskova, who lost to the Taiwanese veteran earlier this year on the hardcourts of Dubai, revived her hopes after a bathroom break between the second and third sets, going back to the power game that served her best.
Hsieh had trouble keeping up, but after being broken early in the set to fall 2-1 down, she had two break points to even things up. She was unable to convert and never threatened to overcome the Czech the rest of the way.
Hsieh is still in the women's doubles and mixed doubles draw.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel