Birth Date: 04/Jan/1986
Birth Place: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Resides: Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality: From Taiwan – Chinese Taipei
Plays: Right-handed, two-handed both sides
Age Started Tennis: 5
Turned Pro: 2001
Coach: Paul McNamee
Highest ranking: 1 (doubles)
In 2009 Su-wei and doubles partner Peng Shuai won three high ranked titles (Sydney, Rome, Beijing) which brought them into the world top ten. In 2011 Su-wei won the Guangzhou International Women’s Open with partner Zheng Jie as well as 3 ITF singles titles (Mildura, Beijing, Seoul). In 2012, Su-wei won her first WTA singles title in the BMW Malaysian Open. Then in September, she beat Laura Robson of Great Britain in three sets to win the Guangzhou International Women’s Open – her second WTA singles title.
In February 2013 Su-wei reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 23, becoming the highest-ranked Taiwanese women’s singles player ever. In 2013 she won the doubles title in Rome with Peng Shuai. Four additional titles with Peng Shuai followed – at Wimbledon, Cincinnati, Guangzhou and finally the WTA Tour Championships. By qualifying and winning the WTA Tour Championships, Su-wei (along with Peng) became the first Asian player to win a season-ending championship and she finished her doubles season ranked number 3 in the world.
After winning the 2013 Wimbledon and 2014 French Open Doubles Championships (with her Chinese partner Peng Shuai), she became the first player from Taiwan to win a Grand Slam title of any kind and in 2014 she became the first ever individual from Taiwan to achieve the number 1 ranking, whether in singles or doubles, male or female.
Su-wei won her first doubles title with Peng Shuai at Qatar Total Open in 2014 and reached number 2 in doubles, and soon became the first ever individual in Taiwan to receive number 1 ranking in tennis, whether in singles or doubles, male or female following the French Open where she and Peng defeated 5th seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza in QF, Muguruza & Suarez Navarro in SF and ultimately Errani & Vinci in the Final.
Following Wimbledon, Su-wei and Peng fought through to the semi-finals at the Canadian Open, losing narrowly to Cara Black and Sania Mirza. Su-wei and Peng then returned to top form in the autumn, getting through to the WTA finals in Singapore in October, where they lost to Cara Black and Sania Mirza.
Year to Date
In 2015 Su-wei partnered Sania Mirza to a semi final place at the Brisbane International and then Pablo Cuevas to another semi, this time at the Australian Open, where they lost to Leander Paes and Martina Hingis. More doubles success followed at Doha where she and Sania Mirza reached the final but ultimately fell to the US pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears. She followed up with an excellent showing in the singles at Kuala Lumpur where she reached the semis but eventually lost out to Caroline Wozniacki.
Su-wei’s parents are Hsieh Tze-lung and Ho Fom-ju. Her father introduced her to tennis when she was five years of age. Her younger sister Hsieh Su-ying is also a professional tennis player. Her tennis idols are Steff Graf and Andre Agassi. Su-wei lists music and reading as her hobbies.