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Taiwan grabs 6 gold medals at tug-of-war in South Africa

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/09/22
By: Huang Chiao-wen, Liang Pei-chi and Ko Lin

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes snagged another gold medal at the 2018

Photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Tug of War Association

TWIF World Outdoor Championships in South Africa on Saturday, giving Taiwan six gold medals at this year’s championships with other events still being contested.

The tug-of-war team from Taipei Jingmei Girls High School and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) defeated the host country to win the women’s U23-500 kilogram title.

The biennial Tug of War World Championships, being held from Sept. 19 to 22, featured Open Club Championships in the first two days, with clubs from around the world eligible to participate. The official World Championships were being held Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, another team consisting of students from Jingmei Girls High School and NTNU won a gold medal in the women’s 500-kilogram tug-of-war event after defeating Switzerland 2-0 in the finals.    [FULL  STORY]

Malaysia’s Lee in Taiwan for cancer treatment: officials

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 23, 2018
By: AFP, KUALA LUMPUR

Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei has early-stage nose cancer and is being treated in Taiwan, Malaysian sports officials said yesterday, following weeks of speculation about his health.

The country’s most successful Olympian ever, who enjoys superstar status in his homeland, was responding well to treatment, they said.

However, the illness would nevertheless be a devastating blow for the 35-year-old, coming after he clawed his way back up the rankings following a doping ban to play some of the best badminton of his life.

Speculation had been swirling about his health since he stopped turning up for training in July, and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced that he was pulling out of the BWF World Championships and the Asian Games in Indonesia.
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Taiwan wins another gold at tug-of-war world games

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/09/21
By: Liang Pei-chi and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes snagged a gold medal at the 2018 TWIF

Screenshot taken from JMGSHYoutube channel

World Outdoor Championships in South Africa on Thursday, their fourth since the international biennial tournament opened Wednesday.

The tug-of-war team from Taipei Jingmei Girls High School and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) defeated Basque Country to win the the women’s 540 kilogram title.

Prior to Thursday’s competition, Taiwan had also snatched gold medals in the U23-560kg mixed category, the U23-500kg female category, and the junior girls’ 480-kilogram class tournament.

The Tug of War World Championships, which are being held Sept. 19-22, features Open Clubs Championships in the first two days, with clubs from around the world eligible to participate. The official World Championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
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Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen reaches semifinals at Badminton China Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/09/21
By: Huang Chiao-wen and William Yen

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton player Chou Tien-chen (周天成) advanced

Taiwanese badminton player Chou Tien-chen (周天成) / CNA file photo

to the semifinals of the men’s singles at the 2018 China Open after defeating Son Wan-ho of South Korea 21-17, 21-14 in straight games Friday.

In a match that lasted 39 minutes, Chou, ranked fifth in the world, was the first to settle, going on a run of six consecutive points during the first game, which he won 21-17.

In the second game, Chou stepped up the pressure on Son, ranked number seven in the world, taking another six consecutive points and winning the game 21-14.

Chou now faces Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, ranked 13th in the world, in the semifinals.    [FULL  STORY]

Badminton player Chou Tien-chen makes final eight at China Open

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-09-20

Taiwanese badminton player Chou Tien-chen advanced to the final eight of the men’s

Taiwanese badminton player Chou Tien-chen advanced to the final eight of the men’s singles at the 2018 China Open on Thursday. (CNA Photo)

singles at the 2018 China Open on Thursday.

Chou beat Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in a match that only lasted 27 minutes and ended 21-14, 21-11 in straight sets. Chou defeated the same opponent at the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in August.

Meanwhile, the world’s number one player Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan was upset by unseeded Gao Fangjie of China in the women’s singles on Wednesday. Chou and the men’s doubles team Chen Hung-ling and Wang Chi-lin are the only Taiwanese still in competition.

The China Open offers prize money of US$1 million. The competition is one of the BWF World Tour Super 1,000 events.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan wins 3 gold medals at world tug-of-war championships

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/09/20
By: Hsiao Po-yang, Chen Yen-chun and Ko Lin

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) Taiwan has so far won three gold medals at the Tug of War World

Photo courtesy of Taipei Jingmei Girls High School

Championships, which is being held in Cape Town, South Africa, until Saturday.

The Tug of War World Championships 2018 consist of two events — Outdoor Club Championships and World Championships, both of which are taking place at the city’s Camps Bay High School.

National Nantou Senior High School team, which competed in the club championship event, took the first gold for Taiwan by beating host country South Africa in the junior girls’ 480-kilogram class tournament Wednesday morning.

Taiwan took its second gold medal in the junior mixed 560-kg class tournament the same day.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh Su-wei survives scare in Seoul

PUGNACIOUS: Having risen to No. 29 in the world after Sunday’s win in Japan, Hsieh Su-wei had to fight back from a set down to overcome Swiss qualifier Jil Teichmann

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 19, 2018
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei survived a scare to advance to the second round of the

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei returns to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their US Open singles second-round match in New York City on Aug. 30. Hsieh yesterday beat Switzerland’s Jil Teichmannin in their Korea Open singles second-round match in Seoul.
Photo: AFP

singles at the Korea Open in Seoul yesterday, before teaming up with younger sister Hsieh Shu-ying to advance to the quarter-finals of the doubles.

Hsieh, who claimed her third career singles title at the Japan Women’s Open in Hiroshima on Sunday, had to fight back from a set down to overcome Swiss qualifier Jil Teichmann 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/0) in 2 hours, 12 minutes.

The Taiwanese sixth seed, who rose to No. 29 in the world rankings following her victory in Japan, saved 13 of 16 break points and converted three of nine, winning 110 of the 209 points contested to advance to a second-round clash with another Swiss, Stefanie Voegele, who ousted South Korean wild-card Choi Jee-hi 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 on Monday.

Hsieh then returned to the hard courts alongside her sister in the first round of the doubles as they took 74 minutes to defeat Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek 6-4, 6-4.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh Su-wei wins Japan Women’s Open singles trophy

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/09/16
By: Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis player Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) clinched the

Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) / file photo (photo courtesy of Kyodo News)

singles title at the Hana-Cupid Japan Women’s Open on Sunday, beating Amanda Anisimova of the United States in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in the final.

The second-seeded, world No. 40 Hsieh defeated the 17-year-old American in a match that lasted just 58 minutes, earning her first WTA Tour championship in six years and her third WTA singles title.

In 2012, Hsieh won her first two singles titles in Kuala Lumpur and Guangzhou.

With her latest win, she is expected to jump to 29th in the world rankings, which will be released next week.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan badminton star Tai Tzu-ying’s Instagram hacked

The champion has notified the police and calls on her fans to help out

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/09/15
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Badminton champion Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) called on her fans on

Tai Tzu-ying. (By Central News Agency)

Facebook Saturday to help her gain back control over her Instagram account after it had been hacked.

The popular sports car was calling in police help to find out who was responsible for using her account, the Central News Agency reported Saturday.

Tai’s original Instagram account, @Tai_tzuying, was taken over by someone else on Friday before being closed down. It later reopened but the person in control was not Tai, CNA reported.

She announced on Facebook Saturday morning that she would temporarily use a backup account at Instagram, tai_tzuying2, and called on her fans to send messages to the online photo website to help her win back her original account. The account had 200,000 fans, according to CNA.    [SOURCE]

Taiwanese duo ousted at Japan Open semi-finals

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 16, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwanese badminton players Chen Hung-ling and Wang Chi-lin were defeated in straight sets yesterday by their Chinese opponents in the men’s doubles semi-finals of the Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open in Tokyo.

The Taiwanese pair, ranked 11th in the world, lost 14-21, 16-21 to the second-ranked Chinese duo Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen in just 33 minutes.

The Taiwanese reached the semi-finals by defeating the 29th-ranked South Korean duo Seo Seung-jae and Kim Won-ho 21-17, 21-19 on Friday.

In yesterday’s match, the Chinese players maintained a commanding lead and scored four consecutive points after reaching 12, then finished the first set with a clear win.
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