London: Taiwan`s Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai of China won the Wimbledon women`s doubles title on Saturday with a 7-6 (7/1), 6-1 win over Australian duo, Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.
Peng and Hsieh, born four days apart in January 1986, have been friends since their junior days and won the first of their five titles together back in 2008.
Hsieh is the first Taiwanese player to win a Grand Slam major.
Their win also meant that both of the women`s titles on Saturday were won by players using double-handed strokes off both wings.
Marion Bartoli, with the same style, had clinched the singles title earlier in the day.
"This is very special because tennis is not that popular in Taiwan," said Hsieh.
"I am very proud to have won with my good friend although I am not sure if it will have any effect on juniors in my country."
Peng, 27, who has been friends with Hsieh since they were 13, said her uncle taught her the double-handed style when she was a child.
"I was quite small and not very strong so my uncle told me it was easier to hit the ball this way. It was tough to change it after that because you get used to it."
First Published: Sunday, July 07, 2013, 08:48