Hsieh and Peng win Wimbledon 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 US Open if she

would be up for a renewed association.

The duo reunited by the end of that year 2008 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 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.