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Channel Nine commentators are accused of showing ‘repulsive’ disrespect during their calling of an Australian Open match
- Viewers slammed Australian Open commentary of Hsieh v Andreescu match
- Taiwan’s Hsieh won a straight sets victory over the seventh seeded Canadian
- The win means Hsieh is the first player to defeat a top ten player at tournament
- Despite Hsieh’s dazzling play viewers said commentators focused on Andreescu
Tennis fans have accused Channel Nine of undermining the talent of an underdog Hsieh Su-Weig during her unlikely win against Bianca Andreescu in the second round of the Australian Open.
Hsieh delivered one of the first major upsets of the 2021 tournament sending eighth-seeded Canadian and 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu packing with a 6-3 6-2 second-round victory on Wednesday.
Despite the Taiwanese star’s dazzling play on the court many viewers were frustrated all the commentators could talk about was Andreescu.
Hsieh Su-Wei (pictured) beat Canadian and 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu packing with a 6-3 6-2 second-round victory on Wednesday
The Taiwanese star (pictured) is the top ranked women’s doubles player and is known to beat top players in singles at Grand Slams
The Canadian endured a 15-month absence from the game due to injury and was one of the 72 players unable to train during hard quarantine in the leadup.
Hsieh is known for knocking off top players in Grand Slam tournaments with her entertaining style of play – opting for deep, angled groundstrokes and an array of slices.
She ousted Garbine Muguruza at the 2018 Australian Open on the way to the fourth round and dumped then world number one Simona Halep out of Wimbledon in the same year.
In 2019 she then beat Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka and Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
Fans online said Hsieh should have been given more credit by the commentary team.
‘The commentator need to give credit to Hsieh, she outplayed Andreescu. The disrespect of Hsieh is repulsive,’ one viewer wrote.
‘Commentators freaking out that Hsieh could play well against Andreescu is comedy,’ added another.
‘Commentary was arrogant bordering on offensive,’ a third added.
Viewers of the day three competition between Hsieh and Andreescu said they were disappointed by the commentary focusing on Andreescu
Bianca Andreescu (pictured) of Canada celebrates with the championship trophy during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the Women’s Singles final against Serena Williams of the United States on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open
Viewers said they were not surprised at the upset victory in which the seventh seed was knocked out
Hsieh can advance to the third round where she is set to play either Venus Williams or Sara Erani
Many viewers enjoyed Hsieh’s entertaining style of play which spin and slice shots rather than power winners
Hsieh (pictured) is hugely popular in her home country of Taiwan
And the awkwardness didn’t stop there – with Hsieh offering a token of advice during her on-court post match interview.
Congratulated by the interviewer Bret Phillips at Rod Laver Arena for ‘still going strong’ at the age of 35, Hsieh held a finger to her lips, shook her head and laughed.
‘Just little reminder (for) you. In Asia we normally don’t say the girl’s age in the public,’ she said, triggering laughter and applause in the stands.
‘You look like you’ve got plenty more years left,’ Phillips persisted, digging his hole a bit deeper.
‘I look a little bit younger but I try my best standing here. Thank you for your comment,” she replied.
Hsieh is also the world’s top-ranked doubles player and uses an unorthodox double-sided game.
Some viewers were also unimpressed with the post-match interview
Hsieh holding a finger to her mouth after her age was announced to the Melbourne Park crowd by the post-match interviewer (pictured)
Andreescu looked outplayed by Hsieh from the outset with no apparent plan, she doubled down on the power game and the unforced errors piled up as she slumped to a 5-2 deficit in the second set.
Her opponent opted for angled shots and spin rather than relying on power shots with the ‘intelligent’ strategy paying off.
Andreescu saved two match points on serve but bowed out meekly with a double-fault on the third.
Hsieh can now advance to a third round clash against either Venus Williams or Sara Errani.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Nine for comment.