July 2021
Su-wei Hsieh tennis

Who is Su-wei Hsieh?

Su-wei Hsieh is a 32-year old professional tennis player from Taiwan, who has been making waves in women’s tennis lately. Yesterday, she eliminated world number 1 Simona Halep from the 2018 Wimbledon championships. You can hardly call her success a breakthrough, as Hsieh has been around a fair amount of time. In fact, she is a 2-time Grand Slam champion in doubles, having won both the French Open and Wimbledon. It is true that she has scored some huge victories this year, both at the Australian Open and, recently, in Wimbledon. However, the main reason she has gotten herself under the tennis world spotlight is probably her unconventional game style.

Let’s see some interesting facts about her.

Tennis facts about Su-wei Hsieh

  • Although she is right-handed, she efficiently uses a two-handed forehand and backhand. Monica Seles also used both hands on both sides, although left-handed.
  • Su-wei Hsieh won the Wimbledon in women’s doubles, alongside Shuai Peng, in 2013.
  • She also won the French Open in women’s doubles, again with Shuai Peng, in 2014.
  • Her highest career ranking in singles is No. 32 (2013), while in doubles she has reached world number 1 (2014).
  • In 2018 Su-wei Hsieh reached the Australian Open 4th round, eliminating Garbine Muguruza and Aga Radwanska in the process. She then lost to Angelique Kerber, giving a post match press conference many will remember:

  • She just beat world number 1 Simona Halep at the 2018 Wimbledon ladies’ singles.
  • Su-wei Hsieh has a very rich arsenal of shots, often choosing the least anticipated shot to catch her opponent off guard. Case in point:

How did Su-wei Hsieh knock-out Simona Halep at the Wimbledon 2018?

Su-wei Hsieh’s game style has been called from “unorthodox” to “old club player style”. Mostly due to her use of the slice and drop shot, far more than any other WTA player currently. The truth is that very few club players could actually pull off the shots Hsieh can produce on the court. Against Simona Halep she used the same mix of unconventional shots, combined with great defensive skills to get the win.

In her post match press conference, Halep said she was unprofessional on the court on that day. But that only takes away from Hsieh’s skill, which is to mentally and physically exhaust opponents, with her unpredictability, incredible view of the court and ability to produce sharp angles. Playing against this type of opponent you need to be 100% focused during every single point. You cannot afford to get lazy and need to keep those feet moving throughout the match. It’s similar to playing against a tennis pusher, but much harder because of how crafty Hsieh is with her shots.

Prior to Halep, Hsieh had used the same tactics to win against heavy-hitting Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Whereas at the Australian Open earlier this year, she beat the crafty Aga Radwanska as well. And I still remember the exhausted Johanna Konta getting eliminated by Hsieh in the first round of the 2017 Roland Garros. So the bottom line is, as unconventional as Hsieh’s style can be, it is both effective and unique. It’s “Su-wei” style as she’s called it herself. Here’s how she did it against Simona Halep:

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