Taiwanese pro Su-Wei Hsieh has a few things going for her: She's ranked No. 23 on the WTA Tour, she's the defending champion at this week's tour stop in Malaysia, she's coached by Paul McNamee, the Aussie who reached the 1982 Australian Open semifinals, and ... she loves the globe's generous spread of cuisines.
She also has something of Li Na's personality in her. That's to say she's bright with a sharp tongue, in the best way. Witness these quotes from a recent article about her return to seek to defend her title in Kuala Lumpur:
On her diminutive size (5-foot-7, 126 pounds) compared to some bulkier top-flight players: “I don’t really go to gym. I’m not interested to be a ‘King Kong Barbie!'"
On her stature and physique compared to that of the freshly reigning world No. 1 player: “I can’t compare myself to Serena Williams. I don’t think I can ever reach her level, I’m Asian."
On her happiness with moderately successful results: “As long I can still manage one or two wins, stay fit and be happy on court, I’m not going to change anything."
While that last quote doesn't exactly reveal a must-win killer instinct—Maria Sharapova, she's not—it does show the mindset of a number of the fairly high-ranked but likely overmatched WTA players: They're perfectly content to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam before bowing out gracefully to, say, Top 10 stars. Hsieh's remarks aren't a revelation, but they say a lot in candor as well as in humor. In short, she's a good sport.
[Thanks to @Ratazana for the tip.]
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