Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei reaches final 16 in Wimbledon ladies doubles


LONDON–Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei reached the last 16 at Wimbledon in the ladies doubles Saturday after her opponent retired because of an injury, while her compatriot Lu Yen-hsun advanced to the second round of the men’s doubles after a four-set match.

Hsieh and her German partner Sabine Lisicki took the first set 6-3 in a match against Romanians Monica Niculescu and Irina-Camelia Begu in just 30 minutes.

Down 2-0 in the second set, Niculescu decided to retire from the match because of an elbow injury.

The powerful serves of Lisicki, who currently ranks 49th in women’s doubles, gave the duo an advantage on the grass court, Hsieh said.

Hsieh, ranked 38th in women’s doubles, said she hopes to surpass her best run in Grand Slam’s doubles events. The 26-year-old lost in the semifinals in 2009 in the French Open and the third round in 2010 in Wimbledon.

Hsieh and Lisicki will face the Italian duo Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta in the next match.

Meanwhile, Lu and Alexander Waske of Germany ousted Belgians Xavier Malisse and Dick Norman 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a first-round match, but the Taiwanese was worried about an injury in his left groin.

He said the pain escalated when he was handling a drop shot early in the match, and that affected his movements on the court.

Lu said he hopes a day’s rest on Sunday will help alleviate the pain before his next match against Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner.

Lu, 28, said Waske is a player with a positive mindset and can help boost his confidence. He said he and his partner managed to seize decisive games in the match but need to work on service return.

Lu surprised the tennis world by defeating former world No. 1 Andy Roddick to reach the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon singles in 2010.

On Hsieh’s singles match against world No. 1 Maria Sharapova on June 29, Lu praised Hsieh for regaining her composure in the second set and forcing the top seed to move around on the court. He said he hopes the experience against top-ranked players will help Hsieh in her future matches.