The Taiwanese star, ranked as one of many world’s greatest doubles participant, reached the quarterfinal stage in Melbourne, the furthest she has ever gone as a singles participant in a grand slam.
“Like [when] I performed Naomi, I noticed the variety of her serve velocity, I felt like: ‘Wow.’ It’s good to be wanting ahead, wanting on the great components. I am this sort of particular person.
“I attempt to go slightly bit higher as a result of, , with my type, I’d not serve like Naomi, however I’ll attempt to enhance.”
Not like most gamers on the skilled tour, Hsieh is and not using a equipment or racket sponsor that means she pays for all her tools herself.
In line with coach Paul McNamee, she will be able to go years with out altering her racket, one thing which many gamers do a number of occasions throughout a single match.
Speaking with reporters
on the Australian Open, McNamee mentioned Hsieh had as soon as gone three years with out altering her racket and solely thought it was time for a change when the strings started to interrupt.
Taking part in and not using a sponsor
Ranked 50th on the planet on the singles tour, Hsieh stays relaxed concerning the risk her success in Melbourne might see a flurry of sponsorship alternatives come her means.
“Folks say it is combating a sponsor state of affairs, however I am not pondering in that means as a result of there’s all the time a sponsor coming to me, however I haven’t got a supervisor,” mentioned Hsieh, who has career earnings of over $9 million.
“So for me, if I do not discover somebody who I can work [with], then I higher give attention to tennis as a result of I am a tennis participant. You can not neglect what you are doing and what’s your first precedence. So I simply make selections. Quite simple.
“I do not suppose it is a huge deal to have it or do not have it.”
Rising up via the junior ranks in Taiwan, a rustic with out a lot tennis infrastructure, Hsieh demonstrated her early potential however her father, and mentor, might by no means get a sponsorship deal over the road.
She mentioned her slight construct used to place potential sponsors off, with them asking her to return again when she had grown some extra.
Undeterred, Hsieh began to play professionally on the age of 16, although life on tour wasn’t straightforward although. She struggled to join tournaments and was having to plan every thing herself. That was till she met McNamee.
The previous Australian tennis participant took a Hsieh beneath his wing in 2011 and unburdened her of the executive complications. It allowed Hsieh to give attention to her recreation and unleash her true potential.
“He is sort of like my trainer, my mother or father, my household and a great good friend,” Hsieh mentioned on McNamee’s affect.
“He is all the time behind me, subsequent to me, it was very useful. I really feel a lot assist and a lot heat.
“I really feel very blissful as a result of when you’re working with the people who find themselves all the time sort and optimistic, you get quite a lot of good power.”
Australian Open run
Hsieh has gained three grand slam doubles titles, making her considered one of Asia’s most profitable gamers, and her unorthodox type of play makes her a constant thorn within the facet for among the sport’s elite.
She appears to play on intuition which, if nothing else, typically makes for an ideal match for these watching.
Nonetheless, regardless of her file run in Melbourne this yr, Hsieh wasn’t feeling in nice kind within the build-up to the match.
“It’s extremely unusual as a result of earlier than the match began, 24 hours earlier than, I used to be not likely entering into the sensation with tennis and all of a sudden, on Sunday, I simply felt like, oh, I ought to play like this after which I get it on,” mentioned Hsieh, who was considered one of 72 gamers positioned in a strict 14-day quarantine ahead of the Australian Open’s start.
“That is what occurs. Generally tennis is sort of a feeling, psychological[ity] otherwise you simply want to vary slightly bit and it occurs.”
Her refreshing way of living, and to the game of tennis, exhibits no signal of slowing down as she will get older.
However watch out to not point out her age an excessive amount of, as one reporter came upon to his value in Melbourne.
After Hsieh upset the chances by beating 2019 US Champion Bianca Andreescu in straight units, on-court interviewer Brett Phillips
congratulated her on the victory and, after mentioning her age, requested what number of years she thinks she will be able to preserve enjoying.
Hsieh delivered a rapier-like riposte to the query, adopted by her trademark smile.
“Simply little reminder [for] you. In Asia, we usually do not say the woman’s age within the public,” she mentioned, placing her finger to her mouth to shush the interviewer.
Age is only a quantity
Age is solely a quantity to the Taiwanese star.
“I am not centered on that, so it is no drawback for me, I simply do what I must do,” she mentioned.
“I attempt to make my work slightly bit completely different. Yearly I attempt to discover one thing completely different to make it occur, to be extra stable or transfer higher.”
Now based mostly in Paris, France, along with her boyfriend and coach Frederic Aniere, Hsieh needs to benefit from her remaining years within the recreation.
She’s proved all through her profession that she’s able to mixing with the very best singles gamers on the WTA Tour and followers will definitely be hoping to see extra of her in grand slams to return.
“For me, it is essential to maintain wholesome, to be blissful and to work onerous. You simply have to be affected person,” she mentioned, including that dwelling within the Paris provides her the right alternative to take pleasure in her second love; meals.
“Discover different stuff you have by no means tried as a result of I am the one who likes to strive all of the meals and I wish to strive different abilities on the court docket.
“Follow one thing you by no means use on the court docket since you by no means know when possibly you are going to use it.”