Re: Birmingham R1: Hsieh def.  Sabalenka 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(1)
This was an entertaining match, it is a shame that Cicak did her best to spoil it . A chair umpire needs to have exceptionally good judgement, not exceptionally poor judgement! The worst moment was when Sabalenka put her hand up to challenge a call, which caused Hsieh to stop running, but Cicak stubbornly insisted that Hsieh stopped moving before Sabalenka raised her hand which is blatantly untrue.
Sabalenka really is a brute and I don't like her game but I do respect how hard she fought in this match, there were some points where Hsieh dragged her left to right but she took off after every ball and defended well. I do not think there was a big difference in the level of the two players today, Hsieh just played really nice points towards the end and Sabalenka's errors cost her.