Peng Shuai ousts top-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei

Jan. 7, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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HOBART, Australia, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Peng Shuai ousted top-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei in a first-round match Monday at the Moorilla Hobart International tennis tournament in Australia.

Peng claimed a 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4) decision in a marathon 2 hours, 32 minutes. Both players had a pair of third-set breaks before Peng edged ahead in the tiebreaker.

Kirsten Flipkens took another long three-set upset win, eliminating sixth-seeded Francesca Schiavone 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Schiavone didn't face a break point in the first set but was broken twice in the second set as Flipkens evened the match. Again, both players had two breaks in the final set.

Fourth-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova got past Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4, 6-1 and Chanelle Scheepers had six breaks in a 6-1, 6-2 win over Alize Cornet.

Mona Barthel rallied for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over Ashleigh Barty, winning 11 consecutive games over the second and third sets. Even though the match went three sets, it took just 70 minutes.

Other players advancing were Monica Niculescu, Tsvetana Pironkova, Jarmila Gajdosova, Elena Vesnina, Simona Halep and Lauren Davis.

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