The 35-year-old Taiwanese who came to break records

The 35-year-old Taiwanese who came to break records

Usually, in each Grand Slam some revelation arises. In addition to the stars who fight to decisive instances to win the title, some name that comes to awaken the attention of the tennis world tends to get into this select group. And usually, they are young promises, young and with more than a decade of careers ahead of them. Therefore, this time, the surprise and admiration is even greater: Su-Wie Hsieh, 35, got into the Australian Open quarters and came to break all the schemes.

The Taiwanese is surely living the most desired days of her career, because with the victory against Marketa Vondrousova she advanced to the next round of the first Grande of the season and because, in addition, broke two records. One is personal, to reach for the first time that instance of a Grand Slam, and the other transcends even more and crosses several generations of tennis: became the oldest tennis player of the Open Era to play the quarterfinals of a Major for the first time. Amazing.

Sometimes social inequalities and different life opportunities expose differences in professional achievement. And that’s the case with Hsieh, who since she was little was formed with Chinese culture, something that, in her words, “It was not easy”. There he finds his explanation of the late boom of his career: “In Taiwan, I come from a very small place. And it is a very difficult situation to find a practice, to have a professional tennis coach and a partner to rally with.”

Behind this 35-year-old tennis player there is a great story to know, even funny anecdotes to highlight, such as the first time that her boyfriend’s father went to see her play, nothing more and nothing less than in a Roland Garros match, And fell asleep on the platform! “That day I was playing really bad, so I thought ‘this can’t be happening, I’m going to catch every ball and make this look better.’ After that, I won the set and took the game,” says Hsieh.

Anyway, she tries to hide her age and keep her young spirit because she feels that it “helps her a lot.” Recalling a bit of his past, he also recognized that not prepared to deal with injury: “If I get injured, I have no idea how I’m going to recover, how to do the training, because i didn’t have much experience in taiwan“At the beginning, alone, without a guide, these types of issues did not exist for her. Now she interprets it as a luxury to have a coach, a physio and a whole team that supports her.

That is why the Taiwanese shows herself as a clear example of overcoming And that getting to fame is not just a matter of money, but of “persevering and working hard.” In addition, she does not lose the essence of her roots: a fan of the foods of her country, during her quarantine she took the opportunity to eat them again. She also likes to stay updated on social media and read books in her spare time.

Possibly none of this would be happening if he had not left home in his youth: his destination was Japan, and before getting there he was 11 months without playing tennis. Then, he resumed and persisted until he made a place in the circuit.

Now he is preparing to play the quarterfinals against Naomi osaka, the number three of the circuit, who takes 12 years to live. “We all know that she is a very good player, but I don’t care. She probably crushed me on the court. I will try to play my game, do my work and see what happens “, says a Hsieh relaxed and with the tranquility of having reached a goal, more than sports, personal.

The next match against the Japanese will be the sixth between them: only once could the Taiwanese winWhile the remaining four wins went to the 23-year-old (one of the wins dates back to the 2019 Australian Open).

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