Sports

Taiwanese tennis player drops out of French Open over shoulder injury

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/26
By: Lung Po-an and Kuan-lin Liu

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis player Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) announced a

CNA file photo

last-minute decision Saturday night to withdraw from the 2018 French Open, which begins the next day, in order to take care of his not-yet fully recovered shoulder.

Lu made the decision after a lengthy discussion with his team and doctors from the Association of Tennis Professionals, making it the second time that he has backed out of a major tennis tournament due to his shoulder injury.

Earlier this January, he withdrew from the Australian Open to give his shoulder more time to heal.

However, it seems that despite four months of recovery, his participation in a Challenger event in South Korea did enough damage on his right shoulder to where he can no longer compete in the French Open that he has been preparing for.
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Taiwan wins compound women’s team title at archery event

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/25
By: Lung Po-an and Romulo Huang

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) Taiwan won the compound women’s team title Friday at the

Image taken from Chinese Taipei Archery Association facebook

Hyundai Archery World Cup being held in Atalya, Turkey, after beating India 231-228 in the final.

Chen Yi-Hsuan (陳怡瑄) led Taiwan to the victory, shooting a perfect 10 on all eight of her arrows during the four-round contest.

“I have a medal because I have two strong teammates,” said the team’s anchor, Lin Ming-ching (林明靜), who shot third in the three-archer rotation.

In team competitions, each of a team’s three archers shoot two arrows per round. The maximum score over four rounds is 240.    [FULL  STORY]

China in semis as Taiwan fumble

Taipei Times
Date: May 26, 2018 
By: AFP, BANGKOK

China’s star shuttlers are to be tested by Thailand’s dark-horse women’s team and

Tai Tzu-ying returns to Akane Yamaguchi during their singles quarter-final at the Thomas and Uber Cup in Bangkok on Thursday.  Photo: AFP

Indonesia’s men in the last four of the Uber and Thomas Cups, with Japan also grabbing spots in both semi-finals after a dramatic knockout stage on Thursday.

The prestigious biennial event has brought together 16 top teams from five continents for a week of intense competition in Bangkok for the men’s Thomas Cup and the women’s Uber Cup.

The day’s most exhilarating moment came when Thailand’s women edged into the final four, with Busanan Ongbamrungphan sparking jubilation among the home crowd by winning the final women’s singles 9-21, 12-21 to seal a 3-2 win against Indonesia.

Thailand’s star player, world No. 4 Ratchanok Intanon, started the tie well for the home side, demolishing Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani in the first game.

However, the visitors won the next two points, before a Thai doubles pair matched their score and Busanan finally broke the draw, sending her team rushing onto the court to embrace each other and dance before an ecstatic crowd.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan grabs first gold medal in air rifle world cup tourney

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/24
By: Ko Lin

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) Taiwanese markswoman Lin Yin-shin (林穎欣) won a gold medal in

Photo courtesy of Steven Chen

the women’s 10-meter air rifle event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol in Germany on Thursday, a first for Taiwan at the world cup.

Lin finished with a total of 250.3 points, beating seven other competitors in the final elimination round, including Wu Mingyang of China and Rikke Maeng Ibsen of Denmark, who received the silver and bronze medals.

This was Lin’s latest success following her gold medal in the 10m air rifle category at this year’s National Intercollegiate Athletic Games in Taiwan, held in late April through early May, according to Chinese Taipei Shooting Association (CTSA) President Steven Chen (陳士魁).    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese Hsieh and Latisha Chan win in Strasbourg

Taipei Times
Date: May 23, 2018
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with Reuters

Taiwanese eighth seed Hsieh Su-wei on Monday rallied from a set down to oust Kaia Kanepi in the opening round of the Internationaux de Strasbourg, while top seed Ashleigh Barty stepped up her French Open preparations with a ruthless display to cruise past Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum 6-4 6-4.

World No. 49 Hsieh had to fight back after losing the first set and took 2 hours, 14 minutes to complete a 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory over the Estonian world No. 51.

The Taiwanese mixed four aces with 10 double faults, saving seven of 12 break points and converting six of 13 to improve her career record over Kanepi to 3-1 after losing her previous match to the Estonian at last year’s US Open.

Hsieh faces Czech wild-card Lucie Safarova in the second round after the world No. 54 defeated Russian qualifier Marina Melnikova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.   [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese athlete Chen Kuei-ru breaks national record twice in May

Congratulations to Chen!

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/05/20
By: Mabel Neo, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

OSAKA(Taiwan News)- Taiwanese athlete Chen Kuei-ru (陳奎儒) breaks the national record set in the National Intercollegiate Athletics Games, clocking in a new timing of 13.49s in the Seiko Golden Grand Prix Osaka 2018.

According to the Chinese Taipei Athletics Association, Chen was initially not the one representing Taiwan for the 110m Hurdles event. He replaced Yang Wei-ting(楊尉廷) for the competition. Chen started very smoothly at the beginning of the race, leading all the way and successfully bag in the gold medal in the Seiko Golden Grand Prix Osaka 2018 held in Nagai Stadium.

Asian Record Holder for Javelin Throw, Cheng Chao-tsun (鄭兆村), Huang Shih-feng(黃士峰), 400m Hurdles athlete Chen Chieh(陳傑), Shot put athlete Chang Ming-huang(張銘煌), Long Jump Athlete Lin-Hung-min(林鴻敏) also participated in the Seiko Golden Grand Prix Osaka 2018.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan grabs silver in 7th Asian Junior Women’s Softball Championship

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/05/18
By:  Central News Agency

Taiwan’s national softball team finished second to win silver at the 7th Asian Junior

Taiwan grabs silver in 7th Asian Junior Women’s Softball Championship

Women’s Softball Championship, which concluded in the Philippines on Friday.

The team lost 0-4 to their Japanese opponents in the final playoff of the six-day tournament, which was held at the Villages Softball Field in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines, this week.

Head coach Tseng Hsin-chang (曾信彰) told CNA after the match that he was satisfied with the team’s overall performance, especially in an earlier game against China, whom they defeated 4-2 to reach the final on Friday.
Tseng said his players possess the skills, but still fell behind the Japanese in terms of the concept of batting, pitching and defensive play.

Taiwan’s team members were drafted from five different schools, including National Puli Industrial Vocational Senior High School in Nantou County and Shilin High School of Commerce in Taipei.    [FULL  STORY]

Jeffrey Koo, Jr. voted new chairman of baseball association

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/19
By: Sie Jing-wun, Lee Chin-Wei and Ko Lin 

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) Jeffrey Koo, Jr. (辜仲諒), a major shareholder of CTBC Financial Holdings, was elected Saturday as the new chairman of the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA).

Koo won 1,025 votes out of the 1,138 ballots cast by association members, becoming the 12th chairman of the baseball association since its founding in 1973.

He will replace incumbent CTBA Chairman Liao Cheng-ching (廖正井) in July.

The chairman-elect is currently the owner of the ChinaTrust Brothers, one of four team in Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). The other three are the Uni-President Lions, Lamigo Monkeys, and Fubon Guardians.   [FULL  STORY]

Attending 2020 Olympics as Team Taiwan very unlikely: IOC official

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/18
By: Lee Chin-wei and Kuan-lin Liu 

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) The chances that Taiwan will be allowed to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under its own name instead of “Chinese Taipei” are very low, Wu Ching-kuo (吳經國), an executive board member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said on Friday.

While hosting a gathering of Olympic and sports officials in Taipei, Wu addressed a recent movement that is calling for Taiwan to be allowed to compete under the name “Taiwan” at the 2020 Games.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh, Chan crash out of Internazionali BNL d’Italia

Taipei Times
Date: May 18, 2018
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with Reuters

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Chan Hao-ching on Wednesday crashed out of the second round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, while world No. 5 Karolina Pliskova lost her cool over a line call and bashed a hole in the umpire’s chair.

World No. 50 Hsieh fell to a 6-0, 6-4 defeat to Johanna Konta in the second round of the women’s singles as the British world No. 22 improved her career record over the Kaohsiung-born 32-year-old to 3-2.

Konta saved both break points she faced and converted six of 11 to advance to a third-round match against Latvian fifth seed Jelena Ostapenko.

Konta’s post-match interview was then interrupted by former men’s world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who also advanced to the third round by defeating Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2.    [FULL  STORY]