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Hsieh moves into q’finals at Japan Open

The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Second-seeded Hsieh Su-wei advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Women’s Open by beating Mandy Minella 6-3, 6-2 Thursday.

Hsieh won 10 of the last 13 games to reach the last eight for the fourth time this season.

“I was feeling a little bit tight on the court,” Hsieh said. “It was not easy for me to get into the game at the beginning.”

Hsieh hit 25 winners to just 16 unforced errors, converting four of the six break points she held. Minella totaled 20 unforced errors to just 14 winners, and converted only one of six break points overall.

The 32-year-old Taiwanese player will next face fifth-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic.

“I never played Ajla before,” Hsieh said. “I think she’s a great player, and I practiced with her a few years ago. She hits the ball great and she serves great.”

Meanwhile, Magda Linette beat Tamara Zidansek 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

Slams to stick to 32-seed format

LONDON (AP) — Grand Slam tournaments will continue to seed 32 players.

The Grand Slam Board announced on Thursday that it has given up its earlier-stated intention to revert to 16 seeds in 2019.

The board representing the four Grand Slam tournaments — the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open — says that “following a full year of Grand Slam match analysis and feedback from all other constituencies, especially players and broadcast partners, the Grand Slam tournaments have decided there is no compelling reason to revert to 16 seeds.”

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