Two Young Women from Hsinchu and Xiangtan Conquer Wimbledon
United Daily News editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)
July 8, 2013
Women's Tennis Association (WTA) players Su-Wei Hsieh from Taiwan and
Peng Shuai from the Mainland partnered in the women's doubles
competition. Together they won the Wimbledon women's doubles finals.
This was a career best for both players. It was also a successful model
for cross-Strait cooperation. Su-Wei Hsieh became the first player from
Taiwan to win a Grand Slam title. Congratulations are in order.
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Tennis Association (WTA) players Su-Wei Hsieh from Taiwan and Peng
Shuai from the Mainland partnered in the women's doubles competition.
Together they won the Wimbledon women's doubles finals. This was a
career best for both players. It was also a successful model for
cross-Strait cooperation. Su-Wei Hsieh became the first player from
Taiwan to win a Grand Slam title. Congratulations are in order.
year's Wimbledon match has been described as a "graveyard for top
seeds." Many world famous players were eliminated during the first and
second rounds. The Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai "cross-Strait
partnership" received little advanced attention. They left the
impression that it was easy going all the way. They made their way
through the third round, the quarterfinals, and semifinals with straight
sets all the way. During yesterday's winning match, the first set was
closely fought. But the two were formidable during the second set.
Su-Wei Hsieh played the net and Peng Shuai played the baseline, adopting
an up-and-back strategy that permitted both offense and defense.
Chien-ming have been sent down to the Triple-A Toronto Blue Jays.
Jeremy Lin is reported going to being traded by the Houston Rockets.
Golf champion Tseng-Ya-ni remains in a slump. Su-Wei Hsieh's Wimbledon
triumph, by contrast, has shone a spotlight on Taiwan on the
international stage. This is a truly exciting development.
Hsieh first picked up a tennis racket when she was only 5 years old.
Her talent has been obvious since childhood. But her family was so poor
it had to sleep in a minivan at night. Hsieh even ran away from home
because she was unhappy with her father's strict discipline. But 20
years honing her skills on the tennis court have finally won her a Grand
Slam title. Her efforts have paid off. Interestingly enough, the
Mainland government, optimistic about Li Na's prospects, dispatched
scores of reporters to cover her matches. Who knew that after losing the
quarterfinals, Li Na would use harsh language in response to reporters'
questions, and cause an uproar. Many Mainland reporters responded by
tracking the stunning performance by Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai's
"cross-Strait doubles team" and its shared cross-Strait victory.
Hsieh was born in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Peng Shuai was born in Xiangtan,
Hunan. The two are the same age. They have known each other since
childhood, when the two met and competed on the tennis court. The two
became life long friends. The two have each experienced career ups and
downs. In singles competition, Peng Shuai has fared somewhat better. The
highest she has ranked is 14th. The highest Su-Wei Hsieh has ranked is
23rd. She has never reached the top ranks. In the women's singles
matches at Wimbledon, the two shared the same fate. Both were defeated
in the second round. But as predicted, their "cross-Strait joining of
hands" made them stronger. It made them invincible. In the end, their
victory enabled both sides of the Strait to shine.
2008 and 2009, Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai partnered in four matches
and won four victories. They easily won four championships in Indonesia,
Australia, Italy, and Mainland China. Later on, during their golden
years, the two chased after their own dreams. For four years, each
pursued solo victories. This year however, the two players' parents
encouraged the two to once again work together. The two recently won the
women's doubles championship in Italy, offering us a preview of their
upcoming success at Wimbledon.
The greatest challenge
in doubles is reaching an unspoken understanding. This requires
practice, practice, and more practice. Only that will enable two people
to work together as one. Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai have achieved a
rare fit. Su-Wei Hsieh has a "gui zhi qie qiu," or "demonic slice." Her
volley shots are difficult to read. She is skilled at exploiting
weaknesses. Peng Shuai is adept at lobs and defending the baseline. As a
result, the two working together are able to play a synergistic game in
which one plus one adds up to more than two. This six time
"cross-Strait partnership" has led to six championships. It is the
secret of their success.
Top Taiwan tennis pro Rendy Lu
Yen-hsun was expected to do well in this year's Wimbledon men's
doubles. He abandoned the partner handpicked by his Czech coach, in
favor of Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania. But to everyones' surprise, a
singles loss led to a lack of moral during the doubles tournament. The
result was a rout. In response, Lu declared he would no longer partner
with Berankis. As one can see, one's choice of partner can determine the
fate of the game.
Examine the tennis record. Mainland
Chinese women champions Zheng Jie and Yan Zi won the 2006 Wimbledon
women's doubles championship. Taiwan champions Yung-Jan Chan and
Chia-Jung Chuang were runners up in the 2006 Australian Open and U.S.
Open women's doubles championships. This time, cooperation between
Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai saved the day. The two helped Taiwan make
WTA history. They successfully blazed a new "cross-Strait partnership"
trail. The two benefitted from long years of friendship and mutual
trust. Their tennis styles complemented each other. They achieved an
unspoken understanding. Together they paved the way to a shared victory a
On the tennis court, arguments about
"whether one may choose one's ancestors" are pointless. The real issue
is whether one can choose one's opponents. One cannot. One can only
choose one's partners. On the tennis court, there can be no such thing
as demands for "concessions." Athletic competition is a showdown. One
cannot pull one's punches. Two young women, Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and
Hunan's Peng Shuai, worked together at Wimbledon, enabling both to
shine. The two sides of the Strait are about to sign TISA. Perhaps the
example provided by these two young women can provide a flash of
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