The word is out that WTA doubles world No.3 Hsieh Su-Wei is pregnant. Presumably, that is why the four-time doubles Grand Slam champion from Chinese Taipei missed the 2022 Australian Open.
According to a Chinese website Sohu.com, the 36-year-old Hsieh is expecting a child with her long-term boyfriend Frederic Aniere. As the source states, the news was first revealed by a famous commentator.
The couple’s most recent public photos are from their November’s visit to Hsieh’s former doubles partner Barbora Strycova in Prague, to meet the Czech’s baby boy. It was right after Hsieh won the Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara runner-up doubles trophy teamed up with Elise Mertens.
Hsieh and her boyfriend met in Paris in 2016. Here’s how the tennis player described their first meeting in an interview five years ago:
In Taiwan we don’t have a professional tennis court so I always travelling to somewhere to practice with my coach and then my friend last year she introduced me to her friend. She said ‘oh I have a friend in Paris he can take you out for fun’ and then we just go out to eat, with my team not just me, and then things work.
After about a year of dating, Aniere gave up his eight-year real estate career to travel full-time on the WTA Tour. He joined Hsieh’s traveling team in 2017. He used to play tennis recreationally and grew up near Roland Garros, the Grand Slam Hsieh won in doubles with Peng Shuai in 2014.