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Hsieh falls short of semis in Hiroshima

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 14, 2019
By: Staff writer, with AP, HIROSHIMA, Japan

Nao Hibino yesterday advanced to the semi-finals of the Hana-cupid Japan Women’s Open in Hiroshima, Japan, by beating top seed Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei 6-4, 6-3.

Making her first appearance in the quarter-finals in her seventh consecutive appearance at the event, Hibino broke Hsieh’s serve five times, hitting 25 winners to 27 unforced errors.

The 24-year-old Japanese world No. 146 saved both break points she faced in the final game of the first set.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh survives slow start to advance in Hiroshima

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 12, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei yesterday had to dig deep to maintain her defense of the Japan Women’s Open title, as Australian Priscilla Hon served for the match three times before the top seed eventually prevailed to book her place in the quarter-finals in Hiroshima.

World No. 29 Hsieh was made to battle for a second day, this time falling a set behind to the world No. 123, before fighting back to edge the match 1-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 in 2 hours, 10 minutes.

The 33-year-old Taiwanese was well off the pace in the first set, failing to create a single break point as the 21-year-old Australian converted two of four to take control of the match.

“In the first set, [Hon] was hitting so well and I had no rhythm,” Hsieh told the WTA Web site.
[FULL  STORY]

Taiwan loses to Nepal in second loss in World Cup football qualifier

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/09/10
By: William Yen

Taiwan midfielder Will Donkin (left) and Nepal midfielder Rohit Chand (right) / Photo courtesy of

Taiwan midfielder Will Donkin (left) and Nepal midfielder Rohit Chand (right) / Photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Football Association

Chinese Taipei Football Association

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) Taiwan's national football team was crushed by Nepal Tuesday in its second game in the second round of qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

Taiwan, ranked 125th in the FIFA world rankings, was defeated by world 166th Nepal 2-0 at the Taipei Stadium in the second of a series of matches to be played to qualify for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Video courtesy of Chinese Taipei Football Association

After Thursday's 2-1 defeat to Jordan on home territory, the Taiwanese were thirsty for revenge and made repeated attacks led by forward Chen Hao-wei (陳浩瑋) on the Nepalese side.

However, Taiwan started showing signs of distress from early on in the match when midfielder Anjan Bista of Nepal scored the first goal just three minutes into the match.

Taiwan’s Chang Yu hits first homer

MEMORABLE NIGHT: The 16th Taiwanese to play in the major leagues, belted his three-run homer in the sixth inning as Cleveland closed on the second wild-card spot

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 11, 2019
By: AP, ANAHEIM, California

Chang Yu on Monday became the fourth Taiwanese to homer in the majors, but the 24-year-old

Taiwan’s Chang Yu of the Cleveland Indians hits a three-run homer against the Los Angeles Angels in their American League game in Anaheim, California, on Monday.
Photo: AP

Cleveland Indians infield prospect filling in for injured third baseman Jose Ramirez, who broke his hand last month, was upstaged by a local boy coming home.

Chants of “Let’s go, Bieber” rolled out of the Angel Stadium stands before Shane Bieber had even thrown a pitch. The raucous cheers continued all night long and they culminated in that rarest of baseball honors: a curtain call for a visiting player.

Although the Indians were on the road, Bieber was at home — and the kid from Laguna Hills definitely pitched like it.

Bieber threw seven stellar innings of five-hit ball in his first career start at his hometown stadium, while rookie Chang hit his first major league homer in the Indians’ 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.    [FULL  STORY]

Norwegian athlete’s Taiwan ‘lucky hat’ goes viral

Ironman Gustav Iden won his event in France but received international attention for his hat, which name checked a Taiwan temple

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/09/09
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Gustav Iden IG photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A “lucky hat” that name checks a Taiwan temple has gone viral after its wearer, Norwegian athlete Gustav Iden, won a triathlon event in France, Central News Agency (CNA) reported on Monday (Sept. 9).

Iden won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France, in 3 hours, 52 minutes and 35 seconds. As he was sprinting towards the finish line, sharp-eyed Taiwanese noticed the hat he wore bore the legend: "Puyan Shunze Temple" (埔鹽順澤宮).

The 300-year-old temple in Puyan Township (埔鹽鄉), Changhua County (彰化縣), honors the god Hsuan Tien Shang Ti. It has a mud statue of the god from when the temple was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1948, the Puyan Township Office website confirms.

According to the CNA report, Iden noticed the hat lying on the ground when he took part in an Ironman competition in Tokyo. He picked it up, and took good care of it in the hope it would bring him luck – which it did, as he won the event in Nice, France.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan takes silver in 520-kg junior tug-of-war championships

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/09/09.
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin

Image taken from CTTWA’s Facebook page

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes succumbed Sunday to South Africa to take the silver medal at the 2019 World U23 and Junior Outdoor Tug Of War Championships held in Ireland.

The tournament consisted of two events — the Outdoor Open Club Championships and the World Championships — both of which took place at Castlebar in the west of Ireland Sept. 5-8.

The tug of war team, comprised of students from Taoyuan Municipal Shou Shan Senior High School and Taipei Jingmei Girls High School, took silver in the junior mixed 520-kilogram category.

Huang Yung-wang (黃永旺), vice chairman of the Chinese Taipei Tug of War Association, said the team could have won gold if some of its main players had not been out on the injured list.
[FULL  STORY]

Taiwan will attack Nepal from the off: coach

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 10, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan head coach Louis Lancaster yesterday said that today’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Asia Zone Group B qualifier against Nepal is a must-win game and his team would go on the attack right from the off.

Taiwan’s players know that they must go all-out to seize a victory in the 7:10pm kickoff at the Taipei Municipal Stadium to keep pace with their group rivals after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Jordan on Thursday last week.

Kuwait and Jordan top Group B with three points each, while Taiwan and Nepal trail after losing their opening matches. Asia-Pacific powerhouses Australia start their qualification campaign away to Kuwait today.

After announcing his 25-man squad at a news conference in Taipei yesterday, Lancaster declared all players fit and ready for the match.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese archer wins silver in women’s recurve at archery world cup

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/09/07
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) Taiwanese archer Tan Ya-ting (譚雅婷) won a silver medal in an archery world

CNA file photo

cup final in Russia on Saturday, after losing 4-6 to her South Korean opponent in the women's recurve event.

Tan was defeated by Kang Chae Young, who completed the event 29-29, 25-28, 30-27, 30-29, and 28-28.

Each set consists of three arrows per archer, with the winner getting two points for the set, while it is one point each for a tie. The first person to six wins.

This year, the 26-year old Taiwanese has won three bronze medals in the women's individual recurve event at world cup archery events in Shanghai, Antalya in Turkey and Berlin.6    [FULL  STORY]

Chou fights back against Rhustavito to reach finals

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 08, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen returns to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia in their Yonex Chinese

aiwan’s Chou Tien-chen returns to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia in their Yonex Chinese Taipei Open men’s singles semi-final in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Ritchie B. Tongo, EPA-EFE

Ta6ipei Open men’s singles semi-final in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Ritchie B. Tongo, EPA-EFE

Taiwan’s world No. 2 Chou Tien-chen yesterday advanced to the finals of the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open after winning his men’s singles semi-final.

The top seed was made to fight for the win by Indonesian world No. 34 Shesar Hiren Rhustavito, but managed to secure a 23-25, 21-10, 21-13 victory in 1 hour, 9 minutes.

In the thrilling first game, Rhustavito started impressively with three consecutive points and held a 8-11 lead before the players switched sides.

Although Chou got back into the game, he was eventually edged out 25-23 in the tiebreaker.

The home crowd urged Chou to an early 11-5 lead in the second game, then after a water break the Taiwanese extended the gap to win 21-10.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan overwhelms Australia at U-18 Baseball World Cup

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/09/06
By: Yang Chi-fang and Ko Lin

Photo courtesy of the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association

Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) Taiwan overwhelmed Australia 12-0 Friday in a super round game at the U-18 Baseball World Cup to advance to the semifinals in South Korea.

The Taiwanese players were quick to open the scoreboard at the top of the second, loading the bases with consecutive hits by Lin Chen-hsun (林辰勳), Wang Shun-ho (王順和) and Yueh Cheng-hua (岳政華).

Starting pitcher Lin Yu-min (林吳晉) then batted a base hit to bring two runners home, giving Taiwan a 2-0 lead.

The team added two more runs in the fourth, widening the gap to 4-0.    [FULL  STORY]