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Hsu wins Fed Cup Heart Award 2016

Hsu wins Fed Cup Heart Award 2016

thestatesman.com |

Hsu Ching-Wen has won the Fed Cup Heart Award 2016 after helping Chinese Taipei to a 4-1 victory over Poland in April&’s World Group II play-off tie in Inowroclaw, the ITF announced on Wednesday. 

Hsu is the second Chinese Taipei player to receive a Heart Award in 2016 following Hsieh Su-Wei&’s award for her performances in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I event in February.

Nineteen-year-old Hsu made a stunning Fed Cup by BNP Paribas debut against Poland to help Chinese Taipei qualify for World Group II for the first time. 

She upset Paula Kania 63 64 in the opening rubber, before defeating Magdalena Frech 62 46 63 to give the visitors a 3-1 winning lead.

Hsu will receive a cheque for US dollars 3,000, which will be donated to her chosen charity, the Sanchong branch of the Taiwan Fund for children and families, that helps children in need in Chinese Taipei and worldwide.

Hsu said: “I have always been training in the Sanchong area, and there are kids from my school who have received help from the Fund. I know how important it is to receive support in my career, and I cherish every individual who has helped me along the way. I believe this donation can help the organisation achieve its goals.”

Hsu was selected for the latest award alongside Angelique Kerber (GER), Garbine Muguruza (ESP) and Yanina Wickmayer (BEL).  All four players competed in the World Group and World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April.

The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, consisting of ITF president David Haggerty and a mixture of former players and members of the international media. A public vote, which ran on 20-23 June, was held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to decide the winner.