Hsu Learns From Experience, Takes Santo Domingo Open

Oct. 27, 2017, 3:22 p.m. (ET)

American Jamie Hsu defeated Fernand Saponara Rivva in straight sets to win the VIII Santo Domingo Open on Friday.

Hsu coasted in the first two rounds with 21-0, 21-1 and 21-14, 21-10 victories.

The quarterfinal did not go as smoothly as she faced the physically strong Tahimara Oropeza from Cuba, the fourth seed in the tournament.

“The quarterfinal match performance was not as I hoped for it to go, but I was still able to manage a win (21-18, 22-20),” Hsu wrote in a statement to USAB. “I learned from my mistakes from that match and planned to go into my semifinals match with a fresh start!”

And a fresh start she had in the semifinals as Hsu, “managed to focus on my movement (today) and being patient” in an easy victory over Guatamela’s Nikte Alejandra Sotomayor, 21-6, 21-6 in 27 minutes – her second consecutive victory over Sotomayor (2017 VIII International Mexicano).

In the finals, Hsu finished the tournament with a 21-9, 21-10 victory over Peru’s Fernanda Saponara Rivva.

Although, this is her second International Series victory in three tries (2017 YONEX/K&D Graphics in August), Hsu is focused on more.

 “Still a long way to go, and I will learn more from this experience!”