Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Hsieh looking to continue love affair with Paris

Hsieh looking to continue love affair with Paris

Biggest win in career for Su Wei-Hsieh.

Hsieh was formerly part of the No. 1 ranked doubles pairing alongside Peng Shuai.

Good start at the Roland Garros for Elina Svitolina.

Britain's Johanna Konta plays a shot against Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

"(After the first set) I created opportunities, (but) I didn't do well enough in converting them.

Hsieh had won just twice at tour level this year and appeared to be heading for a swift exit as Konta raced through the opening set.

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A third and fourth break point followed, with the British No. 1 under severe pressure, but she never strayed away from the flat-hitting, positive approach that has seen her enjoy a phenomenal rise to the top-10 and the chance was gone for Hsieh. "But then there were times where I felt that she did play incredibly well".

- Pironkova, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros a year ago, beat German Mona Barthel 6-0 6-4.

Hsieh fared better in the second set, with her unconventional game beginning to frustrate Konta and draw more errors.

"I think it was quite tough match for the first round to have Yaroslava was quite tough draw", Svitolina said. Now she's done it two years in a row. "Every time I tried to run as fast as I can and get the ball back", said Hsieh, who won for the just the second time in seven trips to Roland Garros.

Svitolina faces Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round after Pironkova's 6-0, 6-4 victory against Germany's Mona Barthel.

Elsewhere, fellow seeds Barbora Strycova, Carla Suarez-Navarro and Caroline Garcia defeated Alison Riske (6-3 6-0), Maria Sakkari (6-4 6-2) and Nao Hibino (6-2 6-2) respectively.

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