Hsieh wins third Wimbledon doubles title, this time with Mertens
LONDON – Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei claimed her third Wimbledon doubles title with a third different partner as she and Elise Mertens hung on to claim victory in a marathon final against Russian duo Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina on Saturday.
The Taiwanese-Belgian duo saved match points on the way to claiming a 3-6 7-5 9-7 win on Centre Court.
It was the second successive Wimbledon doubles crown for Hsieh who joined forces with recently-retired Barbora Strycova to win the title in 2019.
She also won the title in 2013 with Peng Shuai.
This time it was Mertens, the newly-installed No.1 ranked women’s doubles player, who she teamed up with to great effect.
Unseeded Kudermetova and Vesnina had two match points at 5-4 in the second set, the second one producing an incredible rally that Hsieh eventually won with a volley.
As the third set went on and on, the 35-year-old Hsieh then finished off a gripping contest with a backhand winner.
“That felt like seven hours,” Mertens said of the two-and-a-half hour battle on a packed Centre Court.
“There were nerves but we managed it well in the end. “We are very happy that we could close it out.”