National baseball team to head to Nicaragua to open new stadium

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/10/16
By: Joseph Yeh 

Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) Taiwan’s national baseball team will be heading to Nicaragua on Tuesday for a three-game-exhibition series to celebrate the opening of the country’s new national baseball stadium, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Monday.

The backbone of the team Taiwan is sending consists of student athletes and amateur players who were on the team that won the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands in July, according to the MOFA.

It will be facing a Nicaraguan national team boasting at least three Major League-level players to open Denis Martinez National Baseball Stadium, named after the former major league pitcher who won 245 games in a 23-year career.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan sisters retain title in Hong Kong

THREE-SET MARATHON:Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova finally won the singles title when she converted her third match point at 1:03am yesterday morning

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 17, 2017
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, HONG KONG

The Chan sisters on Sunday claimed their second doubles title of the season at the

Chan Yung-jan, left, and Chan Hao-ching hold their trophies after retaining the Hong Kong Open doubles title in Hong Kong on Sunday.  Photo: screen grab from Facebook

typhoon-affected Hong Kong Open, while Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova came from behind to win a marathon singles final 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) against Daria Gavrilova in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Top seeds and reigning champions Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan took just 47 minutes to complete a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Chinese duo Lu Jiajing and Wang Qiang at the Victoria Park Tennis Stadium.

The Taiwanese sisters saved the only break point they faced and converted five of eight, winning 51 of the 78 points contested to add the Hong Kong title to the Taiwan Open title they won at the Taipei Arena in February.

It was world No. 2 Chan Yung-jan’s 11th doubles title of the season after the Taiwanese and Swiss world No. 1 Martina Hingis claimed the titles in Eastbourne, Mallorca, Rome, Madrid, Indian Wells, Cincinnati, the US Open, Wuhan and Beijing, taking her prize money for the season to just short of US$1.4 million.

Taiwanese win male, female categories of Penghu International Marathon

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/10/15
By: Chen Chi-ching and William Yen

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) Taiwanese runners dominated the 2017 Penghu International

Chen Chun-wei (陳俊偉)

Marathon on Sunday, taking the top three places in the both the men’s and women’s races.

In the men’s category, Chen Chun-wei (陳俊偉) crossed the finish line first in a time of 3:29:31, followed by Chen Kuo-yin (陳國音) and Chen Jung-ching (陳榮慶).

Taiwanese runners also closed out the competition in the women’s race, with Cheng Tsai-hung (鄭彩虹) winning in a time of 4:19:37, and Hsieh Meng-fang (謝孟芳) and Yao Chu-chuan (姚竹娟) coming in second and third, respectively.

However, it was a female competitor from China, Deng Jing (鄧靜), who stole the hearts of the spectators, running the 42 kilometer race in a red top and a bright pink skirt.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese golfer Teresa Lu wins Fujitsu Ladies title

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/10/15
By: Sie Jing-wun and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) Taiwan’s top female golfer Teresa Lu (盧曉晴) won the 2017

Image taken from Pixabay

Fujitsu Ladies championship in Japan on Sunday, finishing with a 14-under-par 202 to take her third title of the season.

Lu carded 68, 67 and 67, in the three rounds of the tournament in Chiba.

In the final round on Sunday, she hit 6 birdies and one bogey, beating South Korea’s Lee Min-young, who finished as the runner-up with a score of 204.

The Fujitsu Ladies is an annual golf tournament for professional golfers on the LPGA of Japan Tour.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan wins 3 medals at youth rowing championships in Singapore

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/10/14
By: Huang Tzu-chiang and Ko Lin

Singapore, Oct. 14 (CNA) Taiwan came away from the Asian Rowing Junior

Taiwan youth rowing team (left)

Championships in Singapore this year with one bronze and two silver medals, the team coach said Saturday.

Liu Chia-chin (劉家蓁) won Taiwan’s first silver medal in this year’s competition, finishing second in the Junior Women’s Single Sculls event, said the team coach Lin Hsin-ying (林欣穎).

The second silver medal was won by the team competing in the Junior Women’s Quadruple Sculls event, namely Chen Chao-jung (陳昭容), Wan Shih-wei (萬士緯), Lin Chia-yi (林家伊) and Yang Ching-hsuan (楊靚瑄), the coach said.

Lin Chia-yi and Wan Shih-wei, who also competed in the women’s double sculls race, took a bronze medal, the coach said.    [FULL  STORY]

Chang Kai-chen forced out of Hong Kong Open

FOR THE WIN:Daria Gavrilova, who is to face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in today’s singles final, said she is not just going out to enjoy the game, but also to win the title

Taipei Times
Date:  Oct 15, 2017
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AP, HONG KONG

Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen yesterday crashed out of the semi-finals of the doubles at the Hong Kong Open, while sixth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova set up a final against seventh seed Daria Gavrilova in the singles.

Chan and Monique Adamczak of Australia fell to a comprehensive 6-0, 6-1 defeat to Chinese duo Lu Jiajing and Wang Qiang in 55 minutes at the Victoria Park Tennis Stadium.

Lu and Wang did not face a single break point and converted five of 13, winning 50 of the 72 points contested to advance to today’s final against Taiwanese top seeds and reigning champions Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan.

“[It was] very tough as a lot of wind and it was not easy to serve,” Pavlyuchenkova said of her match. “But I’m really happy with the way I handled the pressure and the weather.”

Sixth-seeded Pavlyuchenkova is chasing her third WTA singles title this year.

Chan sisters in HK Open final

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 14, 2017
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, HONG KONG

Reigning champions and top seeds the Chan sisters yesterday advanced to the final of the doubles at the Hong Kong Open, while fellow Taiwanese Chang Kai-chen also remained in contention for the title at the Victoria Park Tennis Stadium.

Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan survived a spirited fightback by Japanese fourth seeds Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato to complete a 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 10-2 victory in 1 hour, 34 minutes.

The top seeds, who are looking for their second title of the year after winning the Taiwan Open in February, saved seven of 10 break points and converted five of eight, winning 75 of the 130 points contested to advance to tomorrow’s final.

Earlier in the final remaining quarter-final, Chang and Monique Adamczak outlasted Desirae Krawczyk of the US and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 in 1 hour, 32 minutes.    [FULL  STORY]

Monkeys beat Lions for second-half title

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 12, 2017
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

The season decider in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) went down to the wire last night, when the Lamigo Monkeys clinched the second-half title by edging the Uni-President Lions 9-7 at Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium, with Wang “The King” Po-jung hitting a home run to secure the victory.

While the Lions were behind 0-6, they rallied for six runs in the second, with outfielder Pan Wu-hsiung hitting a three-run homer.

The score remained 6-6 until the fifth frame, when Wang stepped up to the plate with one runner on base and slammed a shot over the right-field wall for two runs.

The Monkeys then scored a run in the top of the ninth, but the Lions could not close the gap, scoring only one run in the bottom of the inning.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan and Hingis bag their ninth title of the year

The China Post
Date: October 8, 2017

TAIPEI (CNA) – Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and Martina Hingis of Switzerland

Martina Hingis of Switzerland, left, and Chan Yung-Jan of Taiwan pose for photos with the winners’ trophy after beating Timea Babos of Hungary and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in the women’s doubles championship in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

have taken their ninth women’s doubles title of the year with a relatively comfortable victory in the finals of the China Open on Sunday.

The duo, seeded first this week in Beijing after moving up to the top two spots in the world’s women’s doubles rankings, topped fourth seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour.

After whipping through the first set, Chan and Hingis secured the only break of the second set at 3-3 and held their final two service games with little drama to clinch the match.

The victory extended a remarkable run for Chan and Hingis, giving them their fourth consecutive title following wins at the Western & Southern Open in August and the U.S. Open and Wuhan Open in September.    [FULL  STORY]

Match Report – AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers – Taiwan 2-1 Bahrain

Late drama as Taiwan beat Bahrain 2-1 at the Taipei Municipal Stadium to keep AFC Asian Cup qualification hopes alive.

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/10/12
By: David Spencer, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Double-Ten day is always special in Taiwan, but few would

Taiwan attacks during the game. (Photo by David Spencer)

have expected this year’s celebrations to end on such a high note at the Taipei Municipal Stadium last night, as the Taiwan national football team took on a Bahrain side who beat then 5-0 as recently as September.

But that’s exactly what happened as the Taiwan team, playing as Chinese Taipei, staged a stunning late fightback to defeat Bahrain 2-1 and keep alive their chances of qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

It was a humid evening as the game kicked-off, but the bank holiday scheduling meant a larger than normal crowd of 7,908 were in attendance, and they made their presence felt in the early stages as a scrappy opening saw both sides create few meaningful chances.    [FULL  STORY]