Posted: Thu February 28, 2013 3:31PM; Updated: Thu February 28, 2013 3:31PM

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei wins twice at Malaysian Open

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Hsieh Su-wei
Hsieh Su-wei, 27, of Taiwan is currently ranked No. 23.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Defending champion Hsieh Su-wei won two matches Thursday to reach the Malaysian Open quarterfinals.

Hsieh beat Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in a match lasting 2 hours, 42 minutes. She had only a few hours of rest before defeating China's Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-2. The Taiwanese player completed her first- and second-round matches on the same day after thunderstorms disrupted play earlier this week.

Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria won 6-3, 6-2 against Wang Qiang of China, who ousted top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the first round.

Others moving into Friday's quarterfinals are fourth-seeded Ayumi Morita of Japan, wild card Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the U.S., Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand, Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.

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