TAIPEI (CNA) – Taiwan tennis ace Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) was chosen Breakthrough of the Month in February by fans, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) posted on its official website yesterday.
WTA commended Hsieh for “reaching the biggest semifinal of her career in Dubai, as she scored a series of impressive victories in the singles draw, and later won the doubles title alongside Barbora Strycova.” Five players are selected by wtatennis.com every month and the winner is then determined by fan voting, according to WTA.
“It’s always good to see more different styles of play on the tour because they give more fun. When we play against them, we feel more fun,” Hsieh said in an interview posted on the website.
“You don’t always want to play the same girl, who only does slices, or hits the big ball. It’s boring for the fans, for me also,” she added.
The 33-year-old Taiwanese tennis player thanked fans for their support and expressed appreciation to the WTA family on her Facebook fan page, while many fans think Hsieh has a good chance of reaching the World Top 20 if she remains healthy.
Hsieh was nominated for the same honor in January last year when she reached the round of 16 in the women’s single and the semi-finals in the women’s double at the Australian Open.
This is the second monthly honor for the Taiwanese player after she won Shot of the Month in January.
By Lung Po-an and Emerson Lim