Hsieh looks to shock top seed Halep

2018-07-06 22:48
Simona Halep
Simona Halep (AP)

London - Top seeds are tumbling at the All England Club and Hsieh Su-Wei is plotting to ensure world No 1 Simona Halep is the next big name dumped on the Wimbledon scrap heap.

The Taiwanese faces the Romanian top seed on Saturday and intends to cause another spectacular upset on the lawns of southwest London.

Halep and seventh seed Karolina Pliskova are the only two top 10 women still standing at Wimbledon, with the likes of Caroline Wozniacki, title holder Garbine Muguruza, former champions Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova and US Open winner Sloane Stephens all sent packing.

Hsieh, a former doubles number one, reckons the demolition of the seeds is a good omen.

"I haven't beaten any top 10 seeds so it's not my business to think about this! But it shows that on the grass court, anyone has a chance to beat a top 10 player so it's a good sign," she told AFP.

Hsieh said the key to beating Halep was to ease off the nerves and force the French Open champion to adapt to her unorthodox double-handed way of playing.

"I need to play really well to win a couple more games. Winning the match is never going to be easy, so I just need to relax and play my style," the world No 48 said.

"I enjoy the game, I enjoy the crowd. It doesn't matter if I win or I lose. If I give it my all, I'm happy.

"I'm here, I'm well prepared and I'm enjoying it."

The winner faces wither Belgian 15th seed Elise Mertens or Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round.

The last seven Grand Slams have produced seven different champions and this year's Wimbledon could well add another name to the list.

Hsieh, who reached a career singles high ranking of 23 in 2013, welcomed the shake-up at the top of the sport.

"It's good that we can enjoy more varied game. Before it was always Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams. Now we have more young girls, that will give more different opportunities for the other girls to compete.

"There are many young girls coming up who are playing big power and they try very hard to win every match."

As much as Hsieh likes competing on the court, the 32-year-old also loves the life off it.

Some players on the tour eventually become jaded by the merry-go-round of hotels, cities and airports but the 2013 Wimbledon women's doubles champion likes to revel in the local colour wherever she goes.

"One of the good things about being a tennis player is that if you love to eat, go shopping or sightseeing, you can always enjoy your life. Of course, we are fighting on the court but you've got to enjoy life and tennis gives us so much opportunity to do so," she said.

"I'm having a really good time at the moment. Here I enjoy the strawberries, the crowd, the shopping and taking afternoon tea. This is the must-do list every year we come to Wimbledon.

"I take my whole team and we have a lobster sandwich. My favourite is lobster roll because with the sauce it's very special."

But if she beats Halep, it won't be double lobsters all round.

She said: "One is enough. I like to enjoy it but I don't want to have too much. Otherwise you get sick too fast."

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