On the evening of June 5th, Beijing time, the third round of the women’s doubles at the French Open ended with a focused match. The 21-year-old Guangdong teenager Wang Xinyu partnered with the 37-year-old Chinese Taipei star Xie Shuwei to form a cross-strait combination to pass the victory. The two fought hard for 1 hour 53 Minutes, defeated No. 5 seed Krautsk/Schols 2-0 in an upset, broke into the top 8 women’s doubles. This is Wang Xinyu’s third Grand Slam women’s doubles match, creating the best personal Grand Slam doubles record, which is also the best record of the Chinese women’s tennis team in this year’s French Open.
On June 5th, Wang Xinyu (left)/Xie Shuwei in the game
In the first set, the two sides launched a fierce tug-of-war. Wang Xinyu/Xie Shuwei took the lead in breaking serve in the third game, but the opponent quickly broke back in the fourth game. Falling behind, the situation took a turn for the worse. However, the Strait combination took the pressure to break back in the 9th inning, and then secured the serve to catch up to a 5-5 tie. The game entered the tie-break. Wang Xinyu/Xie Shuwei finally cashed in on the third set and won the first set 8-6.
In the second set, both sides had a chance to break serve, but neither of them grasped it. Wang Xinyu/Xie Shuwei made a fatal break in the 10th game and won the game in one fell swoop.
This is the first time in Wang Xinyu’s career that she has reached the top 8 in the doubles of the Grand Slam, and Xie Shuwei ushered in her fourth French Open women’s doubles top 8. In the next quarter-finals, Wang Xinyu/Xie Shuwei will face No. 15 seeds Kudmetova/Samsonova.
In the 2023 French Open, Wang Xinyu is undoubtedly the biggest highlight of the Chinese women’s tennis. She broke into the third round in the women’s singles competition, and finally lost to the world‘s No. 1 Swatek, and missed the top 16; Amazing, they knocked out Putintseva/Rakimova 2-0 in just 66 minutes in the first round; in 76 minutes in the second round, they defeated the No. 9 seed with the title of Grand Slam champion 2-0 Zhang Shuai/Mladenovic broke into the third round in an upset; they won the No. 5 seed again, and the Strait combination completed the impossible task.
It is worth mentioning that the 37-year-old Xie Shuwei has a French Open and three Wimbledon titles, but she has completely faded out of the international tennis scene in the past year. Xie Shuwei has partnered with many Chinese female tennis players to participate in international competitions. They are very familiar with each other and have a tacit understanding on the court. She also won the women’s singles championship in the 2012 Guangzhou International Women’s Tennis Open. She is a player with outstanding singles and doubles skills and very distinctive characteristics. .
This year’s French Open, Wang Xinyu and Xie Shuwei formed the “New Straits Group”. The two have cooperated since the Strasbourg station of this year’s clay court season and have performed well.
This is the third time for Wang Xinyu to participate in the Grand Slam women’s doubles competition. The previous best result in doubles was the second round of the Australian Open. In the case of singles and doubles and two-line combat, Wang Xinyu’s success in succession is also a major breakthrough in his career.
Xie Shuwei said that we have the same cultural background, and we all speak Mandarin, so there is no barrier to communication, which is our biggest advantage.
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