By: George Liao,Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–All of three singles players from Taiwan were knocked out of the first round
on the Wimbledon 2017 opening day, leaving six compatriot players to fighting it out on the doubles sides.
Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) and Chang Kai-chen (張凱貞) played their respective first-round match at 11:30 a.m. London time on July 3. In the men’s singles, world No. 75 Lu took on 313th-ranked Simone Bolelli of Italy. Lu was defeated in four sets, a much earlier exit compared to his best Wimbledon performance of reaching quarterfinals in 2010.
In the women’s singles, Chang lost in straight sets to China’s Wang Qiang (王薔).
Later in the day, Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇), Taiwan’s last hope in the singles, fell in straight sets to 7th-ranked Johanna Konta, who had the home-court advantage.
Hsieh Su-wei wasn’t able to repeat the same turnaround against Konta in the first round at Roland Garros less than five weeks ago.
Doubles players from Taiwan look more promising, especially the Chan sisters. In the women’s doubles, elder sister Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and Martina Hingis is the third seeds. The team, which was formed in February this year, has since claimed five doubles victories on the tour. They head to Wimbledon among the favorites to land the title of the third Grand Slam of the year.