She was introduced to tennis by her father at five years of age. Her younger sister, Hsieh Shu-ying , and brother Hsieh Cheng-peng are also professional tennis players.
Hsieh named her tennis idols as Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi. His remarks caused controversy in Taiwan as Hsieh stated that she would consider taking the offer. In response, the government of Taiwan mobilized domestic companies to offer her competing deals.
She hits the ball with two hands on both sides, thus hitting very flat. Her unorthodox way of playing creates many big angles in her game and makes her shots unpredictable.
She made a quip at the Australian Open saying, "Actually, my boyfriend was looking at her [Kerber] game earlier this morning. I forgot to ask him what she play, so, I actually have no plan to go on the court.
So I was trying to go my Su-Wei style, you know. Maria Sharapova , after her third-round win over Hsieh at Wimbledon , said, "I faced her many times in the juniors. She used to be a nightmare for me because she used to slice and dropshot on clay.
I was like, 'Where did they learn how to play tennis like that?
That's her game: it's to hit a lot of dropshots and slices and get people kind of crazy. We used to have real battles in the juniors. I knew her game really well and I don't think she had time to do all of that today on grass. Although she only played seven tournaments in , she had an impressive 41—2 record, in addition to starting her career with 37 wins in a row.
She had success on the doubles circuit as well, reaching two finals and winning one of them. The following year, she entered Wimbledon again, losing in the first round in both, singles and doubles.
She then lost in the fourth round to the world No. The result would lift her into the top for the first time. A week later, she lost again, this time in the first round of qualifying, to Tatiana Poutchek in Miami.
These two defeats saw her ranking fall to As a result of this win, her ranking rose to No. In June , she had her best Wimbledon ladies' singles result by making it to the second round, losing there to No.
It was Hsieh's third Wimbledon appearance. In women's doubles, she partnered with Peng Shuai of China and as the No. This was her only main-draw WTA match of At Wimbledon, she reached the semifinals of mixed doubles, with Australia's Paul Hanley. She also reached the third round of Wimbledon for the first time losing to then-world No.
Despite being 0—2 down in each of the first two sets, having five match points saved in the second set, and being 0—3 down in the final set, she fought back to win in searing heat. The match had to be suspended at one set apiece as both players suffered in soaring temperatures. She lost in the second round to Annika Beck.
She then lost in the first round of the Hobart International to regular doubles partner Peng Shuai. She then lost in the second round in Doha and Dubai.
As the defending champion in Kuala Lumpur , Hsieh was seeded second and advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Kurumi Nara and Zhang Shuai.
However, she lost in the quarterfinals to eventual finalist Bethanie Mattek-Sands , an her ranking fell from 23 to No. By qualifying and winning the WTA Tour Championships , Hsieh along with Peng became the first Asian player of any kind to ever won a season-ending championship and finished her doubles season ranked No.
She lost in qualifications for both tournaments but received a lucky-loser spot in Brisbane due to Caroline Wozniacki withdrawing late.
Later in May, with the semifinal run in doubles at Madrid , Hsieh will share the No. With doubles competition in the way, Hsieh missed all the singles events during the clay season except French Open , where she lost in the first round of qualifying.
In doubles, she came through one of the most difficult doubles draws with Peng by defeating unseeded Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur in the first round in straight sets, breezed through former No. Next, at the Australian Open , she defeated both third seed Garbine Muguruza and 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets to reach the fourth round matching her previous best performance at Grand Slam level ten years prior before losing to Angelique Kerber.
At Wimbledon, she recorded the biggest victory of her career by upsetting world No. At the Miami Open , she beat world No. She reached the third round of the Cincinnati Masters , losing to Osaka in three sets.