Sports

Neng Ren win HBL men’s title; Nanshan win women’s

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 18, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Spectators watch a game at the High School Basketball League finals at the Taipei Arena yesterday.  Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

In a Taipei version of “March Madness” basketball yesterday, Nanshan High School clinched the High School Basketball League (HBL) women’s division title, while Neng Ren Vocational High School secured the men’s division title.

The ever-popular sports tournament drew a capacity crowd to Taipei Arena — even President Tsai Ing-wen watched the women’s final with about 15,000 other spectators.

Tsai was joined courtside by Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung and Sports Development Committee deputy convenor Yu Cheng-hsien to see New Taipei City’s Nanshan High School edge out Tainan’s Yong Ren High School 65-61 to become HBL champions.

Afterward, Tsai posed for photographs with Nanshan players as part of the post-game celebration.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan sisters edge past Hsieh, Strycova

SIBLING SUPPORT: Chan Hao-ching expressed confidence in her partner, who took home the women’s doubles title in the tournament two years ago with Martina Hingis

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 14, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, INDIAN WELLS, California

The Chan sisters on Tuesday came out on top of a Taiwanese showdown in the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the BNP Paribas Open, while top seeds Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka crashed out of the singles at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California.

Eighth seeds Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan edged a tight quarter-final against fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 in 1 hour, 26 minutes.

The Chan sisters saved four of seven break points and converted four of 10, winning 71 percent of their returns on second serve to claim their first career victory over the reigning champions and third seeds.

Hsieh and Strycova had previously come out on top in their two previous meetings with the Chans, in the third round at Indian Wells last year and in the semi-finals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last month.    [FULL  STORY]

The 2019 Tour de Taiwan to get underway in Taipei on March 17

On Sunday morning,traffic into the area surrounding Taipei City Hall and the whole Ren’ai Road will not be permitted
 
Taiwan News   
Date: 2019/03/13 
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Cycling Association)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The 2019 Tour de Taiwan, a 723-km-long cycle race across Taiwan with five stages this year, will take place over 5 days from March 17 to March 21, with each day completing a stage.

The Tour de Taiwan is an annual professional stage race of road bicycle racing held since 1978, as part of the UCI Asia Tour. It was classed as a 2.1 category race for the first time in 2012.

The first stage of the nation’s premier professional cycling race is a flat 83.2 km circuit race in Taipei City that consists of several laps between Taipei City Hall and the Jingfu Gate.

The second to fifth stages will take place in Taoyuan City, along the Taiwan Romantic Route, in Nantou County, and Pingtung County, respectively. The Taiwan Romantic Route covers parts of Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and Taichung City.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan sisters edge past Hsieh, Strycova

SIBLING SUPPORT: Chan Hao-ching expressed confidence in her partner, who took home the women’s doubles title in the tournament two years ago with Martina Hingis

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 14, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, INDIAN WELLS, California

The Chan sisters on Tuesday came out on top of a Taiwanese showdown in the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the BNP Paribas Open, while top seeds Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka crashed out of the singles at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California.

Eighth seeds Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan edged a tight quarter-final against fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 in 1 hour, 26 minutes.

The Chan sisters saved four of seven break points and converted four of 10, winning 71 percent of their returns on second serve to claim their first career victory over the reigning champions and third seeds.

Hsieh and Strycova had previously come out on top in their two previous meetings with the Chans, in the third round at Indian Wells last year and in the semi-finals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last month.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Wu Tung-lin defeated in Santiago ATP Challenger final

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/11
By: Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao

CNA file photo

Taipei, March 11 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis player Wu Tung-lin (吳東霖) lost to Hugo Dellien of Bolivia in the final of the men’s singles at the ATP Santiago Challenger in Chile on Sunday.

In his first Challenger final, Wu, 20, was overpowered by World No. 87 Dellien, 7-5, 6-7 (1) and 1-6.

The previous day, Wu upset Pablo Andujar-Alba of Spain, the top seed of the ATP Challenger 80 clay-court event, scoring a win for the first time against a player ranked among the world’s top 100.
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Hsieh and Chan sisters to face off at Indian Wells

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 12, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with Reuters

Hsieh Su-wei and the Chan sisters on Sunday set up a Taiwanese showdown at the BNP Paribas Open in

Romania’s Simona Halep returns to Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine in their BNP Paribas Open women’s singles third-round match in Indian Wells, California, on Sunday.  Photo: AFP

Indian Wells, California, while in the women’s singles world No. 2 Simona Halep survived a tough challenge from Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Kozlova.

Third seeds Hsieh and Barbora Strycova took just 52 minutes to cruise to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia and Irina Khromacheva of Russia in the second round of the women’s doubles.

The Taiwanese-Czech duo did not face a single break point and converted five of eight, winning 50 of the 77 points contested to set up a quarter-final clash with Taiwanese eighth seeds Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan.

The Chan sisters had a slightly tougher time seeing of the challenge of Ukrainian sisters Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Formosa outlasts banged-up Alab Pilipinas

Alab Pilipinas plays minus Renaldo Balkman and 3 other key cogs, but still hangs on to the top spot despite the loss

Rappler.com 
Date: March 10, 2019
By: JR Isaga

MANILA, Philippines – The Formosa Dreamers kept their late-season charge rolling in the ABL,

GASSED OUT. Playing as Alab’s lone import, PJ Ramos looks visibly tired in the final stretch. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

outlasting an undermanned Alab Pilipinas, 79-71, in Taiwan on Sunday, March 10.

The victory propelled the Dreamers to a 17-6 record, threatening league-leader Alab, which slipped to 18-5 and wound up just a full game ahead with still two matches left to play in the regular season.

With the Filipino side cut down to size as stalwarts Renaldo Balkman, Caelan Tiongson, Law Domingo and Brandon Rosser sat out due to injuries, Formosa import Tevin Glass feasted on the glass with a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese female runner successfully defends title in 2019 Taipei Expressway Marathon

This year’s Taipei Expressway Marathon attracted a total of 8,040 runners from 31 countries

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/03/10 
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Road Running Association, the event organizer)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Fu Shu-ping (傅淑萍) successfully defended her title in the 2019 Taipei Expressway Marathon (台北國道馬拉松) on Sunday, finishing in two hours, 52 minutes, and 14 seconds in the women’s event, Central News Agency (CNA) reported on the same day.

The title of the men’s event was won by Kenyan runner Chirchir Jackson Kiprotich for the third time in a row, CNA reported. He clocked two hours, 31 minutes, and 31 seconds.

This year’s Taipei Expressway Marathon attracted a total of 8,040 runners from 31 countries, including participants in the elite marathon, half marathon, and 10-kilometer categories.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei chosen WTA Breakthrough of the Month

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/10
By: Lung Po-an and Emerson Lim

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Taiwan tennis ace Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) was chosen Breakthrough of the Month

Taiwan tennis ace Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) / CNA file photo

in February by fans, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) posted on its official website March 9.

WTA commended Hsieh for “reaching the biggest semifinal of her career in Dubai, as she scored a series of impressive victories in the singles draw, and later won the doubles title alongside Barbora Strycova.”

Five players are selected by wtatennis.com every month and the winner is then determined by fan voting, according to WTA.

“It’s always good to see more different styles of play on the tour because they give more fun. When we play against them, we feel more fun,” Hsieh said in an interview posted on the website.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan female boxer world No. 1 in AIBA rankings

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/09
By: Chung Yu-Chen

Taipei, March 9 (CNA) Twenty-one-year-old Taiwanese female boxer Chen Nien-chin (陳念琴) was

Image taken from Chen Nien-chin’s Facebook page

recently ranked number one by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in the welterweight category (69 kg), with a score of 1357.5 points.

A member of the indigenous Amis tribe, the Hualien-born athlete has been hailed by local media as the “Ami bellona” and “boxing queen.”

She excelled throughout 2018, winning the gold medal at the Ulaanbaatar Box Cup, World University Boxing Championship, and the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.

Chen said she took part in many women’s boxing competitions with her coach last year.
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