As the BMW Malaysian Open draws closer to the finals on Sunday, competition has become fierce as players duel and battle it out on the hard courts of the Royal Selangor Golf Club to edge closer to the coveted singles and doubles titles.
With all the action today taking place on Centre Court, first up was the match between 2012 BMW Malaysian Open winner Hsieh Su-Wei of Chinese Taipei and World No 132 MisaEguchi of Japan. In their previous meeting in Seoul, South Korea last year, Eguchi overcame Hsieh in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
World No 181 Hsieh had said before the match that the pressure was not on her, but on her higher ranked Japanese opponent, “I will come to court and do my best as I have nothing to lose. I have played Eguchi before and she has a big serve and is a good hitter of the ball. So I expect nothing less than a tough match with her. But I will have fun and try to bring my best game to court,” said a confident Hsieh.
Hsieh started the match strongly as she took the first set 6-3. In the second set however Eguchi stepped up her game and won 6-3. In the third set however, Hsieh managed to regain her composure as she attacked Eguchi’s serve and hit harder to take the third set 6-0 and therefore win the match.
After the match, Hsieh commented, “I was doing well in the first set, but in the second set I had a lapse in concentration, got nervous and started hitting the ball out of court. In the third set however, I got my game together and I started to hit harder and faster, and I also attacked her serve to unsettle her game. It did take close to two hours for me to beat her but I’m happy I did as now I’m in the quarterfinals.”
Next, Hsieh will be facing young and upcoming Russian World No 171 ElizavetaKulichkova. The east meets west quarterfinal match between Hsieh and Kulichkova will be the first meeting between them and it promises to be an interesting one, as both players are on form and having a good run in the tournament. Hsieh said, “I have never played Kulichkova before, but I look forward to playing her as she’s been doing well in this tournament. I see it as a good match for me and as usual I will come on court to do my best and have fun.”
Kulichkova is also raring to go and eager to play her first quarterfinal, “I have never played her before either but once we get on court we shall see how it goes from there. As usual I will try to play my best game and play to win.”
The tennis action continues to heat up on the hard courts of The Royal Selangor Golf Club as both singles and doubles players battle it out in their quest for the coveted titles. Stay tuned for all the tennis action happening right here at the BMW Malaysian Open 2015.
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