Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Hyundai Hopman Cup 2008 Session 8 - Chinese Taipei 3 d Argentina 0

Gisela Dulko Juan Igancio Chela
Hyundai Hopman Cup 2008 Session 8 - Chinese Taipei 3 d Argentina 0

Argentina said goodbye to the Hyundai Hopman Cup after losing 3-0 to Chinese-Taipei.
Hsieh Su-Wei defeated Gisela Dulko in 3 though sets, then Juan Ignacio Chela lost to Lu Yen-Hsun.
In the mixed doubles Argentina took the first set but Chinese-Taipei cameback and won it in 3 sets.

Check all the scores and Stats of the matches

Session 8 - Chinese Taipei 3 d Argentina 0

Hsieh Su-Wei d Gisela Dulko 3-6, 7-6(7/2), 7-5
Lu Yen-Hsun d Juan Ignacio Chela 6-3, 6-4
Hsieh/Lu d Dulko/Chela 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(10/4)

Match Stats Here

This articles is from Hyundai Hopman Cup Official Website

Chinese Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu came into Wednesday night’s session against Argentina with a combined singles ranking of 267 compared to Gisela Dulko and Juan Ignacio Chela’s 57, but the Asian Hopman Cup winners scored a remarkable upset.

In a marathon women’s match, Hsieh beat Dulko 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 in 146 minutes, which gave the Chinese Taipei team their first ever Hyundai Hopman Cup match victory.

It was not the last of the evening, though.

Lu proved to be too good for Chela, despite being ranked 110 compared to the Argentine’s 20. Chela could not manage a single break point against Lu, who wrapped up the match, and the tie, 6-3, 6-4.

In the mixed doubles, Chinese Taipei again prevailed after a match tie-break to secure the whitewash.

Leading into the tie, much of the talk surrounded Argentina having a comfortable win to set up a battle with Serbia on Thursday night to decide the Group A finalist, but it was Chinese Taipei that kept their hopes alive.

They do need Argentina to find form, or Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic to struggle to overcome injury, to be a chance while facing a tough night battle with France themselves, though.

For Argentina, their final hopes are over with the loss to Chinese Taipei after their Hyundai Hopman Cup begun with a 2-1 loss to fourth seeds France.

After a disappointing opening match loss to Tatiana Golovin, Dulko looked terrific early in her match against Hsieh. She raced through the first set 6-3 and looked well on the way to a comfortable victory, before she lost confidence and Hsieh’s grew with each game.

The Argentine raced to a 3-0 lead in both sets, despite the Chinese Taipei world No. 157 giving it her best attempt in what was one of the biggest hitting women’s matches of the tournament.

Dulko led 3-0, 4-1 and at 5-3 served for the match in the second set, but then Hsieh got going. Hsieh won four straight games to send the match into the third set, which she controlled for the most part.

Things were locked together at 5-5 with a tie-break looming, but Hsieh was able to win the final two games to pull off the miraculous comeback victory.

Lu seemed to feed off the energy Hsieh created to comfortably defeat Chela in straight sets, showing a very competent all round game.

Argentina started strong in the doubles winning the opening set 6-3, but then dropped the second before Lu and Hsieh dominated the match tie-break winning 10 points to four.


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