TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese tennis star Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and Elise Mertens of Belgium defeated Japanese duo Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara (6-2, 6-2) in Tuesday’s (Nov. 16) semifinals, allowing the pair to advance to the final match of the Akron Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Wimbledon champions will face top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic for the title on Wednesday.
Hsieh and Mertens, both former Doubles World No.1 players, paired up for the first time during the summer and have established themselves as a formidable team on the WTA circuit. They won their first doubles title at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, going on to capture the BNP Paribas Open doubles title at Indian Wells, California, in October.
Playing in her fourth WTA Finals, Hsieh is bidding to capture her second WTA Finals doubles title. She won her first title with China’s Peng Shuai (彭帥) in 2013. Hsieh advanced to the finals in each of her appearances in 2013, 2014, and 2019.
The Czech duo Krejcikova and Siniakova are attempting to cap off a phenomenal season that saw them capture an Olympic gold, Madrid, and their third major title at Roland Garros.
(YouTube, WTA video)