Hsieh Su-Wei & Wang Xinyu Win French Open Women's Doubles | Taylor Townsend & Leylah Fernandez Fall Short
Hsieh & Wang Reign Victorious: French Open Women's Doubles with Xinyu, Townsend, and Fernandez
Taiwanese duo, Hsieh Su-wei and Wang Yafan claimed their maiden Grand Slam victory as they defeated Russian pair, Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina, in the French Open women's doubles final on Sunday. Hsieh and Wang, who were unseeded, won 6-4, 6-2, in a match that lasted 1 hour and 14 minutes.
The pair was in control throughout the match, breaking their opponent's serve four times while dropping serve only once themselves. They also hit 16 winners compared to their opponents' 10 and committed only three unforced errors.
Hsieh, 35, is known for her distinctive playing style, which includes a mix of spins, slices, and drop shots. She has been one of the top doubles players in the world for several years and has won 31 doubles titles. Wang, 27, is a rising star in Taiwanese tennis and has won two WTA doubles titles.
The win is a significant moment for Hsieh, who had never advanced past the quarter-finals at any Grand Slam event before this year's French Open. She had previously reached the quarter-finals in women's doubles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open on several occasions, but had fallen short of the final hurdle. Wang, too, has never reached a Grand Slam final before.
After the match, Hsieh expressed her joy at finally getting her hands on a Grand Slam trophy. "It's really amazing for me to win my first Grand Slam title. I'm really excited," she said. "I've been trying to do it for many years, so it's really special."
The duo's victory comes as a surprise to many, as they were unseeded and had never played together before this tournament. However, their chemistry on the court was evident as they dispatched higher-ranked opponents in each round, including the top seeds, Hsieh's former doubles partner, Barbora Krejcikova, and Katerina Siniakova, in the quarter-finals.
Hsieh and Wang are now set to climb up the WTA doubles rankings, with Hsieh returning to the top 10 and Wang entering the top 50 for the first time in her career. The win is a testament to their hard work and dedication to the sport, and they will go down in history as French Open champions.