Once again, Hsieh Su-Wei has enraptured audiences with her play, and personality, at the Australian Open. The 35-year-old is into the fourth round at the Grand Slam for the third time in her career.

"It's great to be back in Round 4 because last year [I] was not doing so well," the world No. 71 said.

She's been charming both in press and on court. After ousting 20-year-old Bianca Andreescu in the second round, Hsieh explained some etiquette to her interviewer.


Though born in Taiwan, she has been based in Japan and spent off-seasons training in Australia, training with former Aussie pro Paul McNamee. Her entire team is Aussie so she's extremely comfortable Down Under, to say the very least.

"I know where to go to eat after the match. I know I go to the Thai restaurant," she said. "I have very good appetizers and very good drinks. So I definitely know how to enjoy life and play some tennis here. So I'm not worried about my tennis. If I don't play good, I go enjoy some good food here. So I'm quite happy to have the tennis life here."

After wining her third round over Sara Errani in three tight sets, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, she was in excellent spirits.

"I have a [losing] record against Errani—three times, every time I have a bagel," she said on court. "A bagel it means zero... So before the match I was thinking today you better not eat the bagel today."

She kissed the Melbourne sign on court after her win:

"Because I see few people doing this I was thinking, oh I never did it, so if I win today, I probably could jump on top of the sign," she said. "But I changed my mind in the end so this is what happened."

Hsieh, a three-time Grand Slam doubles champion, was the top seed in doubles with Barbora Strycova, but they lost a tough three-setter in the second round.

When asked how she was feeling physically, Hsieh had this to say: "I am still alive!!!" When asked how she would cope with another lockdown, she said her only concern was making sure her UberEats arrives OK.

She will be trying to make her first-ever singles Grand Slam quarterfinal when she takes on Marketa Vondrousova next, and expect to see more of the same from her:

"I never made quarterfinals, so I don't think too much I just try my best."