Hsieh, Peng win women’s doubles title

Having first played together as teenagers, Hsieh Su-wei and Peng
Shuai won their first Grand Slam title with a 7-6 (1), 6-1 victory
Saturday over Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in
the women’s doubles final at Wimbledon.

Hsieh became the first player from Taiwan to win a Grand Slam
title, while Peng gave China its first doubles title at a major in
seven years.

“It’s very special because I don’t think tennis is popular in
Taiwan,” Hsieh said. “We didn’t see many media during this
tournament. We’re very proud we can win this tournament together
with my good friend. It’s our first title, for Taiwan, so I think
it’s big thing in Taiwan.”

The pair, who are both 27, played a few tournaments together as
amateurs but ended their partnership after turning pro. After a
seven-year hiatus, Hsieh asked Peng at the 2008 U.S. Open if she
would be up for a renewed association.

The duo reunited by the end of that year and won their first 11
matches, claiming titles in Bali and Sydney. They lost their
opening-round match in the 2009 Australian Open quarterfinals
against Serena and Venus Williams but now have six titles
together.

Both Peng and Hsieh play two-handed shots on both sides, like
Marion Bartoli, who won the Wimbledon women’s singles title on
Saturday.

“It’s probably the first time (two-handed players) win the
singles and the doubles,” Peng said.

Peng and Hsieh said they opted for this unorthodox style of play
because they were too small to hold their rackets with one hand
when they were kids.

The 12th-seeded Dellacqua and Barty were bidding to become the
first all-Australian team to win the women’s title at the All
England Club since 1978.