Los Angeles, March 17 (CNA) Taiwan's tennis player Hsieh Su-wei (???) and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova claimed the 2018 BNP Paribas Open women's doubles title at Indian Wells in California on Saturday, defeating the top seeds Russian pair Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-4.
The victory was unexpected because Hsieh and Strycova have never played together before and were unseeded at Indian Wells. Despite this, they went all the way to claim the women's doubles title, the 21st for Strycova and the 20th for Hsieh.
This was also Hsieh's second time winning the women's doubles final of Indian Wells. In 2014, she and Peng Shuai (??) of China won the title together.
The Taiwan-Czech pair secured the victory in an hour and 23 minutes, leaving the Russian duo empty handed even though they hadn't lost a single set en route to the final.
As a result of the victory, Hsieh, who is 27th in the WTA doubles rankings, will likely see her ranking jump to 18th next week.
The tournament offers an overall purse of US$7,972,535 for both the men's and women's competitions, with US$439,350 being awarded to the women's doubles champions and Hsieh is expected to get US$219,675, based on a 50/50 split system.
Meanwhile, Hsieh will be awarded US$25,465 in the women's singles at Indian Wells, after she lost in the second round to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.
Hsieh's singles ranking is also likely to rise to 61st from the current 67th.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel