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Kirilenko, Srebotnik win at Cincinnati

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Szavay advances in Austrian tournament

BAD GASTEIN, Austria, July 16 (UPI) -- No. 1-seeded Agnes Szavay picked up a victory Wednesday but second-seeded Alize Cornet withdrew from the $175,000 Gastein Ladies tennis tournament in Austria.

Pennetta, Suarez Navarro win in Palermo

PALERMO, Italy, July 7 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta and fourth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro were opening-round winners Monday at the Palermo International.

Cibulkova an upset victim in Tashkent Open

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova won just four games Wednesday in being upset in first-round play of the $145,000 Tashkent Open in Uzbekistan.

Santangelo advances at India tennis

BANGALORE, India, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Defending champion Mara Santangelo rallied to claim a three-set victory Thursday in the second round of the Sony Ericsson International tournament in India.

Bardina sneaks by in Sony tournament

BANGLAORE, India, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Vasilisa Bardina was pushed to a third-set tiebreaker Tuesday before advancing in the Sony Ericsson International tennis tournament in India. Bardina defeated Kristina Barrois, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), to take the first-round victory in the

Santangelo, Mirza win Pattaya openers

BANGKOK, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Italian Mara Santangelo and Indian Sania Mirza were among Monday's first-round winners at the Pattaya Women's Open.

Garrigues loses in Bangkok

BANGKOK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain Wednesday was a straight sets loser in the second round of the Bangkok Open tennis tournament.

Second seed wins, another loses

PATTAYA CITY, Thailand, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Second seed Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia advanced to the quarterfinals but sixth seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan was a second-round loser at the $110,000 Volvo Women'
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Su Wei (蘇威) (542-623), courtesy name Wuwei (無畏), was a high level official of the Chinese dynasty Sui Dynasty. He first became an important official during the reign of Sui's founder Emperor Wen, and after Emperor Wen's death continued to serve Emperor Wen's son Emperor Yang. He was often praised for his abilities and integrity but criticized for pettiness. After Emperor Yang was assassinated in 618, he was nominally an official under Emperor Yang's nephew Yang Hao, and then under the warlords Yuwen Huaji, Li Mi, and Wang Shichong. After Wang Shichong's state of Zheng was destroyed by Tang Dynasty in 621, neither the Tang general Li Shimin (the later Emperor Taizong) nor Li Shiimin's father Emperor Gaozu of Tang was interested in retaining Su as an official, and Su Wei died soon thereafter.

Su Wei was born in 542, during the reign of Emperor Wen of Western Wei. His father Su Chuo (蘇綽) was the key assistant for Western Wei's paramount general Yuwen Tai. Su Chuo died around the new year 547, and Su Wei inherited his father's title. (The historical sources are in conflict as to whether that title was Count of Meiyang or Duke of Meiyang, but the former seemed more probable.) After Yuwen Tai's death in 556, Yuwen Tai's nephew Yuwen Hu served as regent, and in 557 forced Emperor Gong of Western Wei to yield the throne to Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue, ending Western Wei and founding Northern Zhou, although Yuwen Hu maintained power over the reigns of three emperors (three sons of Yuwen Tai) -- Emperor Xiaomin (whom Yuwen Hu later deposed and killed), Emperor Ming (whom Yuwen Hu later poisoned), and Emperor Wu. Yuwen Hu was impressed with Su Wei's talent and gave his daughter the Princess Xinxing to Su Wei in marriage. Su Wei, however, was fearful of the power that his father-in-law wielded, believing that it would eventually be a source of disaster, so for a while he fled into the mountains to be a hermit. Soon thereafter, his uncle forced him out of the mountains back into governmental service, but he still spent much of his time in Buddhist temples, reading various books. His title was promoted to Duke of Huaidao.

In 572, Emperor Wu ambushed Yuwen Hu and killed him, taking power himself. He tried to retain Su in his government, but Su repeatedly declined under the excuse that he was ill. During this time, he was praised for his actions during a particular incident involving his cousin and her husband Yuan Xiong (元雄) -- Northern Zhou's ally Tujue had resented Yuan (for reasons lost to history) and had requested that Northern Zhou turn Yuan and his wife (Su's cousin) over to it for punishment. Su, believing that Tujue authorities could be bribed, sold all of his belongings to ransom his cousin and Yuan. He returned to governmental service during the reign of Emperor Wu's son Emperor Xuan.

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