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Hsieh’s magic tricks worked. You have upended the fate of Wimbledon’s final. ‘I thought it would be fine’ Tennis

The 35-year-old Su-Wei Hsieh won Wimbledon with a different partner each time. In 2013 with the Chinese Shuai Peng and in 2019 with the Czech Barbara Strycova. She was also the best in Roland Garros in 2014 also with Shuai Peng.

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In Saturday’s Wimbledon final, the favorite duo, seeded third: Hsieh/Mertens, faced a pair from Russia: Wironika Kudermitwa/Jelina and Jelena. The latter is an outstanding doubles player, having reached the final of the Grand Slam tournament five times. Together with Jekaterina Makarua, she won Roland Garros (2013), the US Open (2014) and Wimbledon (2017). However, with Kudiermietiowa, who was with compatriot Anna Blinkowa last year in the US Open semi-finals, she is just getting started. The Wimbledon final was only their seventh match together! Not only that, in the previous two tournaments – at Roland Garros and Eastbourne they were eliminated from the first round.

But in London, they did a great job and recovered from very difficult situations. In the quarter-finals they defeated the winners of this year’s Roland Garros tournament: Barbara Krezhkova and Katerina Sinyakova, and in the second set they defended four balls to representatives of the Czech Republic. However, this is not the end, because in the semi-final match with the duo: Caroline Dolehide / Storm Sanders, they lost 1: 4 and 0:40 in the deciding set. Then they saved three match balls.

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Saturday’s Wimbledon final wasn’t quite as good as long-time favorite: Hsieh/Mertens. The Taiwanese-Belgian duo even lost 3:6, 3:5 and after a moment they defended two identical balls. He won one after another of the most beautiful works of the meeting.

– After losing the set and also in the second set, I thought it wouldn’t be more than that. But Elise started playing great balls and gave me confidence – Hsieh said after the match.

In the third set, Hsieh/Mertens led 5:3, but were broken in the ninth inning. In an instant, the opponents were in an almost comfortable position. They attacked, led 7:6 and served. In the next match, there were two balls from winning the title, but the opponents began to play brilliantly. Of the 14th inning balance, ten of the last 11 balls in the game have won.

And on Saturday, the men’s doubles final (Nikola Mektic / Mate Pavic – Marcel Granollers / Horacio Zeballos) is also held. On Sunday, the singles final: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, first ATP) – Matteo Berrettini (Italy, ninth place ATP).

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– He is number one in the world in doubles and one of the rare species in singles. He plays as if the point being scored in the usual way is an insult to tennis. With each stroke, you look for a hole in the system: rotation, recoil, body position. He leads his rivals to the wrong answer, reluctantly jumps into a run, preferring to watch them accelerate in vain – we wrote about Su-Wei Hsieh in early February, when he did an excellent job on a single at the Australian Open.

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