Hseih Su-Wei’s brave run in this years Aussie Open came to an end at the hands of favorite Naomi Osaka. A rare all Asian tie was settles pretty quickly in two sets by the third seed Osaka who faced only 3 break points on her serve. Hseih who is a doubles world number one had a notable scalp in the form of former US Open winner Bianca Andreescu of Canada in the second round. Hseih had a long service third game trailing 2-1 (which went to deuce) in which she was ultimately broken with Osaka attacking Hseih’s second serve. She immediately sought to break back getting to break point on deuce as well. Naomi plucked that big first serve from her arsenal to get out of trouble. Hseih was in trouble in her next service game with Naomi hitting the ball in wide areas making her work hard to hold service. Hseih managing to hold only just. When trailing 5-2 serving to stay in the set, Hseih started missing easy shots handing Osaka the set on a silver platter for the loss of one point in that game.
Osaka’s serving was superb in this match. She had 7 aces to none for Hseih and won 89% of her points on her first serve. Ruthless serving was at the heart of her second and final set win of 6-2. For a doubles specialist, I am surprised Hseih did not come to the net more often to win points. Shot of the match. Hseih serving trailing 0-1 and game at 30-30. Naomi pounced on a short serve to hammer a forehand down the line, the ball clearing the highest part of the net to give the Taiwanese no chance. That seemed to deflate Hseih further who hit a routine forehand long past the base line to hand the break to Osaka. There was basically no coming back for Hseih.