Kerber prevails, ends Hsieh’s fairytale run

Angelique Kerber fought back from a set down on Rod Laver Arena to bring an end to Hsieh Su-wei’s fairytale run at the Australian Open 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

World No 88 Hsieh proved to be a tricky customer for Kerber as her quirky double-sided brand of tennis saw the match go the distance.

It took Kerber two hours and eight minutes to get the better of Hsieh, who saved two match points as she refused to go down quietly despite fatiguing.

However, in the end Kerber prevailed.

“Credit to her she played an unbelievable match,” said the 30-year-old “It was a very high-quality match from the first ball.

“I don’t know how I won, I was running everywhere and every time she had an answer. For sure we will see a lot more from her in 2018.

She added: “I was everywhere today, inside and outside of the court, she made me run everywhere.

“She played a lot of shots into the corners, made a lot of drop shots, so I was trying to simply bring it back.”

Kerbe will meet American Madison Keys for a place in the semi-finals.