Laura Robson was on the brink of a success, but Su-Wei Hsieh crossed the finish line first in 2012 Guangzhou WTA final after spectacular three sets of tennis.
2012 Guangzhou tournament saved the best for last. The spectators were in for a three-set three hours long thriller. Playing a WTA final as well as Hsieh of Chinese Taipei was a new experience for British prospect Robson. She started the match well, yet her third game break remained unconfirmed. 26-year-old Hsieh produced a complete comeback few minutes later by breaking Robson for the second time in a row. 74th-ranked British player struggled to avoid another loss of serve, but the set was destined to go Hsieh’s way in any case as she served it out calmly in the following game.
The second set lasted more than an hour and it was never boring. Just like in the opener, Robson stole a break first, but was immediately stunned by two consecutive serve losses. She was hanging by a thread when serving to stay in the set at 5-3, but the youngster showed a lot of mental strength by defending five match points and reducing her opponent’s lead. Hsieh had a 30-15 lead in all of the following three games, yet Robson turned those around too, grabbing two breaks in the process. It was one set a piece between the players.
Robson was in her own world now as she extended her great run to additional three games in the deciding set. She broke Hsieh in the second game and confirmed the break after denying her rival four re-break opportunities. Hsieh, who conquered Kuala Lumpur in March this year, was in a knockdown, but stood up and fought on. Again, Robson fell victim to her inconsistency (for example, she hit nine aces and conceded eleven double faults in total!), letting Hsieh break her twice in a row. This was a final turnaround of the clash. World No. 53 Taiwanese kept her composure in her remaining service games and was rewarded with her second WTA trophy soon after. Final result: 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. On the other hand, Robson’s star is still rising and her first WTA title cannot be far away.