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Taiwan turtle lover Hsieh wins Abu Dhabi opener

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Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei stunned 2019 Roland Garros runner-up Marketa Vondrousova 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) to reach the Abu Dhabi WTA second round on Thursday and credited her victory to a love of turtles.

The world No 67 was 4-5 down in the decider with the Czech eighth seed serving for the match.

However, Hsieh fought back to claim her best win since defeating Caroline Wozniacki at the 2019 Wuhan Open.

The Taiwan player said she was approaching the new season with a refreshed body and mind after spending the off-season visiting various islands that are home to the Green Sea Turtle.

"They are super friendly," Hsieh said. "You can swim with them. But you are not allowed to touch. If you touch, $10 000 for fine!

"I went there and almost every beach we went we could see the green turtles. It was amazing."

Results from the WTA Abu Dhabi tournament on Thursday (x denotes seeded player):

First round

Sofia Kenin (USA x1) bt Yang Zhaoxuan (CHN) 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

Coco Gauff (USA) bt Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) 6-0, 6-1

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Anna Bondar (HUN) 6-2, 6-3

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x5) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-2, 6-4

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x4) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) bt Wang Yafan (CHN) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

Karolina Muchova (CZE x12) bt Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-4, 6-1

Wang Xiyu (CHN) bt Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Elena Rybakina (KAZ x6) bt Lucrezia Stefanini (ITA) 6-1, 6-3

Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) bt Marketa Vondrousova (CZE x8) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)

Marta Kostyuk (UKR) bt Lucie Hradeck (CZE) 6-2, 6-4

Tamara Zidansek (SLO) bt Jennifer Brady (USA x11) 0-6, 6-3, 6-4

Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) bt Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 6-3, 6-3

Anastasia Gasanova (RUS) bt Mona Barthel (GER) 6-2, 6-4

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x3) bt Despina Papamichail (GRE) 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)

Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE) 6-2, 6-2

Bianca Turati (ITA) bt Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 6-1, 6-2

Heather Watson (GBR) bt Jodie Burrage (GBR) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Elina Svitolina (UKR x2) bt Jessica Pegula (USA) 6-4, 6-3

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