One of the most fascinating clashes on Manic Monday at Wimbledon sees Dominika Cibulkova come up against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh. Cibulkova and Hsieh have both defied the odds to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon, the pair both beat a couple of seeded opponents on route to this stage and enter this fourth round clash full of confidence. Cibulkova heads into this match as the favourite but Hsieh is coming off a huge win over the world number 1 and will fancy her chances of an upset.
Dominika Cibulkova has blasted her way through to the round of 16 without dropping a set. Cibulkova has beaten 3 quality opponents, victories over Alize Cornet, Johanna Konta and Elise Mertens have seen her through to the second week at Wimbledon for the third time in her career. Cibulkova was the unlucky player that was bumped from a seeded position when Serena Williams was granted the 25th seed, however, it is now turning out to be a blessing in disguise for the Slovakian who is relishing her underdog status.
Su-Wei Hsieh continues to her reach new heights in 2018. At the age of 32, Hsieh is into the second week at Wimbledon for the first time. Hsieh started her campaign with a 3 set victory over the 30th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova before comfortably beating Lara Arruabarrena in straight sets. Hsieh made her biggest move at third round stage where she saved match points to defeat world number 1: Simona Halep 3-6 6-4 7-5, the biggest win over Hsieh’s career thus far.
Cibulkova holds a perfect 2-0 record over Hsieh, both of those victories were in straight sets. The most recent match between the pair took place last year at the Australian Open, a tough 6-4 7-6 win for the Slovakian.
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Simona Halep continues her Wimbledon campaign on Saturday with a third round clash against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh. The draw has really opened up for the Romanian and suddenly she looms as one the favourites on her least preferred surface. The world number 1 has been fairly untroubled in her first couple of matches and heads into this match as a strong favourite. Nevertheless, Hsieh is an awkward opponent and has a game that is well suited to grass, this could be closer than expected.
Grass has always been considered Halep’s least successful surface, however she has made it the quarter-final stage in the last couple of years and previously reached the semi-finals in 2014. Halep seems poised for another deep run at SW19, the top seed is playing good tennis this week and the draw has opened up very nicely for the reigning Roland Garros champion. Halep started the week with an easy 6-2 6-4 win over Kurumi Nara before defeating Saisai Zheng 7-5 6-0. Halep won 10 consecutive games in her second round win over Zheng having fallen behind 3-5 in the opening set, the Romanian therefore brings great momentum into this third round clash.
Su-Wei Hsieh is into the third round at Wimbledon for just the second time in her career, equaling her previous best effort in 2012. Hsieh is having one of the most consistent seasons of her career and has beaten some quality opponents on the biggest stages in recent times. Hsieh started her 2018 Wimbledon campaign with a 6-4 4-6 6-3 win over the 30th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Hsieh confirmed her spot in the third round with a fairly comprehensive 6-3 6-3 win over Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena.
The only previous match between the pair at the tour level ended in a 6-7 6-1 6-2 victory for Halep.
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🇩🇪 (21) Angelique Kerber vs 🇹🇼 Su-Wei Hsieh
Angelique Kerber continues to impress in 2018. The 2016 Australian Open champion is in awesome form right now. The German enters this fourth round clash having won all 12 of her matches this year. Kerber will be back in action on Monday where she will take on Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh. Interestingly, this will be the first career meeting between Kerber and Hsieh, this should be an entertaining match-up.
Angelique Kerber has rolled into the fourth round at Melbourne Park with little fuss. The former world number 1 stormed through her first few matches, cruising past Anna-Lena Friedsam and Donna Vekic. Kerber produced arguably her best performance of 2018 to secure her spot in the round of 16, a dominant 6-1 6-3 win over Maria Sharapova. Kerber was very aggressive and capitalized on her chances at all of the critical moments. Kerber is shaping as the favourite to win the tournament, the only former Grand Slam champion left in the draw heading into the round of 16.
Su-Wei Hsieh is playing the best tennis of her life. Hsieh has caused a couple of big upsets to reach the second week at a Grand Slam for the second time, the only previous time was a fourth round showing in Melbourne way back 2008. Hsieh started the event with a topsy-turvy 0-6 6-6 8-6 win over Lin Zhu before eliminating the 3rd seeded Garbine Muguruza courtesy of a 7-6 6-4 win, Hsieh’s first win over a top 5 player. Hsieh backed up one of the best wins of her career quite impressively as she defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 7-5. At this point of the tournament Hsieh has nothing to lose and a whole heap to gain.
This will be the first career meeting between Kerber and Hsieh.
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🇵🇱 (26) Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇹🇼 Su-Wei Hsieh
Su-Wei Hsieh caused one of the biggest upsets of the tournament when she eliminated Garbine Muguruza in straight sets in the second round. Hsieh will be back in action on Saturday where she will face a very different test against the 26th seeded Agnieszka Radwanska. Interestingly, these two have only gone head-to-head once previously, back In 2013 where Radwanska on in straight sets. Can Hsieh cause another big upset to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2008?
Radwanska has certainly not been at her best in the opening stages of the event. However, Radwanska has fought hard and managed to come from a set down in both of her matches to reach the third round. The two-time former semi-finalist started the week with a 2-6 6-3 6-2 win over Kristyna Pliskova before beating Lesia Tsurenko 2-6 7-5 6-3. Radwanska seemed destined for the exit door when Tsurenko served for the match at 5-4 in the second set after the Pole squandered a 4-1 lead. However Tsurenko threw in a nervy game and Radwanska was good enough to capitalize as she controlled the match after that moment.
Su-Wei Hsieh is yet another player enjoying her greatest success at the later stages of her career. Hsieh claimed her first ever top 5 victory to reach the third round at Melbourne Park for the first time since 2008 as she defeated the 3rd seeded Garbine Muguruza. Hsieh started the week with a topsy-turvy 0-6 6-0 8-6 win over Lin Zhu before beating Muguruza 7-6 6-4. Hsieh’s win over Muguruza was certainly the biggest win of her career, Hsieh’s awkward game bamboozled Muguruza in the extreme heat.
The only previous match between the pair took place in Miami in 2013. Radwanska won 6-3 6-2.