Taiwanese team upsets No. 1 seed at WTA 125K series OCE Open

A Taiwanese doubles team upset No. 1 seed at the WTA 125K series OCE Taipei Open on Tuesday

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/11/13
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—A Taiwanese doubles team upset No. 1 seed at the WTA 125K series OCE Taipei Open on Tuesday.

Taiwan’s Liang En-shuo and Lee Ya-hsuan beat Japan’s Nao Hibina and Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia in the first round of the doubles competition.

It’s the first time Liang and Lee teamed up for a doubles event, and they hadn’t even practice together before, reports said. The Taiwanese duo came back from a 0-2 deficit in the beginning to win the first set, 6-4, and then sealed the victory by cruising to a 6-2 win in the second set.

The top international women tennis event in Taiwan was first upgraded from a top-tier ITF Women’s Circuit events to a WTA 125K Series event in 2012. With US$115,000 in on-site prize money, WTA 125K Series events award the champion 160 ranking points.    [FULL  STORY]

Lee and Liang stun top seeds; Garland ousted

STUNNER: Taiwan’s Lee Ya-hsuan and Liang En-shou took just 63 minutes to clinch a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2 victory over the favorites on the hard courts at the Taipei Arena

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 14, 2018
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Lee Ya-hsuan and Liang En-shou yesterday stunned top seeds

Taiwan’s Lee Ya-hsuan, front, and Liang En-shuo compete in their Taipei OEC Open first-round doubles match at the Taipei Arena yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Nao Hibino of Japan and Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia in the first round of the doubles at the Taipei OEC Open, while English-Taiwanese teenager Joanna Garland crashed out in the first round of the singles.

Lee and 18-year-old Liang, who won the girls’ singles at the Australian Open in January, took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2 victory over the favorites at the Taipei Arena.

The Taiwanese duo saved 11 of 13 break points and converted five of eight, winning 60 of the 110 points contested, despite sending down four double faults.

In the quarter-finals, Lee and Liang face either Lizette Cabrera of Australia and Elena-Gabriela Ruse or Indian pairing Ankita Raina and Karman Thandi, who are due to play their first-round match today.   [FULL  STORY]

SadStory: booted from ‘E. Asia’ subregion, Taiwan Counter-Strike team must play under ‘Greater China’ 

The tournament will allow SadStory to play, but they will be designated under the ‘Greater China’ subregion for all future events

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/11/10
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Earlier this week, on Nov. 7, it was reported that a Taiwanese team of Esports competitors who had qualified for a regional Counter Strike: global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament were disqualified because of a “regional belonging issue.”

The excuse was that the Taiwanese team, SadStory, had failed to register in the “Greater China” region, and had instead registered and qualified for the East Asian Region.

Several days after the sudden disqualification, SadStory has been allowed to rejoin the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2019 Asia Minor’s qualifiers tournament, reports HKFP. However, they will be forced to participate in the “Greater China” region.

As previously reported, CrazyFace, a member of SadStory said in a Facebook post that the team considered entering the China region in the past, but chose otherwise as they hold Taiwanese passports.

Taiwanese athlete grabs bronze at World Taekwondo event in Taipei

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/11/12
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin

Taipei, Nov. 12 (CNA) Taiwanese athlete Lin Wan-ting (林琬婷) took the

Image taken from Pixabay

bronze medal Monday in the women’s under-46 kilogram division in the World Taekwondo President’s Cup G2 Asian Region tournament in Taipei.

The medal win marked Lin’s return to the podium after a series of lackluster performances by the Taiwanese, who have barely made it through the first rounds of the World Taekwondo Grand Prix events in Rome, Moscow and Taoyuan since June.

“My last medal was won at the National Intercollegiate Athletic Games,” Lin said.

The 22-year-old said the victory was a relief for her after she had come away empty in the past six months since the intercollegiate games, held from the end of April through early May.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese Lee and Hsieh defeated at Taipei Arena

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 13, 2018
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Lee Ya-hsuan yesterday failed to make it into the main draw of the Taipei

Taiwan’s Hsieh Shu-ying, left, and Xun Fangying of China play in their Taipei OEC Open first-round doubles match at the Taipei Arena yesterday.
Photo: Nien Miao-yun, Taipei Times

OEC Open, while fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Shu-ying crashed out of the first round of the doubles at the Taipei Arena.

World No. 268 Lee fell to a 6-3, 6-0 defeat to Czech world No. 212 Tereza Martincova in 55 minutes in the final round of qualifiers for the WTA Tour 125k series tournament.

Martincova sent down four aces, saved one of two break points and converted five of seven, winning 60 of the 95 points contested to oust the Taiwanese 23-year-old and set up a first-round clash with Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse, who defeated Olga Doroshina of Russia 7-5, 7-5 in 1 hour, 44 minutes.

Also advancing from the qualifiers yesterday were Zhang Yuxuan, who faces fellow Chinese Lu Jiajing in the first round, and South Korea’s Jang Su-jeong, who set up a first-round encounter with Susanne Celik of Sweden.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen takes silver at Fuzhou China Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/11/11
By: Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Nov. 11 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成)

Chou Tien-chen (周天成) / CNA file photo

again fell short of his fourth title of the year when he lost to Kento Momota of Japan on Sunday and had to settle for a silver medal in the men’s singles at the Fuzhou China Open.

World No. 3 Chou battled for 66 minutes against Momota in their sixth face-off of the season, but eventually lost 13-21, 21-11, 16-21 to the World No. 1 men’s singles player.

In a closely fought match, the two players were tied at 6-6 at one point in the final game but Momota managed to prevail with a score of 20-15 to pick up his seventh title of the year.

The Fuzhou China Open, which has a purse of US$700,000, is a BWF World Tour Grade 2 Level 3 tournament.    [FULL  STORY]

Chou cruises to Fuzhou China Open final

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 11, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen yesterday cruised past his

Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen returns to Shi Yuqi of China during their Fuzhou China Open men’s singles semi-final yesterday.  Photo: AFP

Chinese opponent to advance to the men’s singles final at the Fuzhou China Open.

World No. 3 Chou defeated fourth seed Shi Yuqi 21-11, 21-10 in a match that lasted just 35 minutes.

Prior to yesterday’s game, Chou had succeeded in beating Shi only once in their past four encounters, at the Asian Games in Indonesia in August.

Shi is ranked second in the world by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).   [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Lin ousts former World No. 1 at Austrian Open table tennis

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/11/09
By: Lung Po-an and Ko Lin

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) Taiwanese table tennis players Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒) on Thursday

Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒/CNA file photo)

successfully navigated the opening round of the men’s singles event at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Liebherr Austrian Open in Linz.

The 17-year-old Taiwanese outlasted World No. 5 Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany 4-2 (14-12, 10-12, 12-10, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7).

Ovtcharov was previously ranked World No. 1 by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in January this year.

Speaking after the match, Lin said he felt proud at having defeated such a high ranked player.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Tai remains on top of BWF world rankings for 100th week

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/11/08
By: Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao 

Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) remains on top of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) women’s singles rankings for the 100th consecutive week, according to the latest BWF world rankings released Thursday.

The achievement makes her one of the three players to have achieved the BWF’s No. 1 position for more than 100 weeks in a row.

Chinese female shuttler Li Xuerui is the record-holder, earning the BWF’s world No. 1 title for 124 weeks straight, followed by her compatriot Wang Yihan, who has held the top spot for 116 consecutive weeks.

Tai made women’s singles history with a record of 101,667 ranking points in a 52-week period, leading Akane Yamaguchi of Japan by 16,254 points.    [FULL  STORY]

Referendum convener wants ‘yes’ vote on sports team name-change

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/11/07
By: Lung Po-an and Chi Jo-yao

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Former Department of Sports Commissioner Yang Jong-her (楊忠和)

Photo for illustrative purposes only / CNA file photo

said Wednesday that a petition calling for a national referendum on whether the national team should compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the name “Taiwan” instead of “Chinese Taipei” shall go ahead as planned Nov. 24.

Yang, the referendum convener, said in a national referendum public forum Wednesday that the name Chinese Taipei fails to represent the country and should be changed to Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]