Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei to skip U.S. Open due to injury

Hsieh Su-wei (Courtesy of 四維體育推廣教育基金會)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwanese tennis ace Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) said Monday that she will not compete in the 2020 U.S. Open Tennis Championship due to an ankle injury and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a Facebook post, Hsieh said the injury has restricted her training over the past 10 months, as she has not been able to do some types of stretches.

In consideration of her ankle injury and the COVID-19 pandemic, Hsieh said, she will skip this year’s U.S. Open, which will be held in New York, without fans, Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.

The Taiwanese player, ranked No.55 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), said she hopes to recover from her injury and regain her fitness in time for the 2020 French Open, which is scheduled for Sept. 20 to Oct. 4.

Hsieh is ranked world No. 1 in the WTA’s doubles category and once rose to No. 23 in the singles rankings. Her best performance at the U.S. Open was in 2012, when she reached the semifinals of the doubles competition.

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty of Australia and men’s defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain have also decided to pull out of the 2020 U.S. Open, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.