Taipei falls to Hong Kong in ASEAN Basketball League

Focus Taiwan
Date: 01/19/2020
By: William Yen

Taipei Fubon Braves forward Maxie Esho (second left)

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) The winning streak of the Taipei Fubon Braves was snapped Saturday in an upsetting lost to the visiting Hong Kong Eastern in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) in Taiwan's capital.

Before tip-off, Taipei, ranked second on the ABL standings, was on the hunt to extend its three-game winning streak after it stunned Thailand's Mono Vampire Basketball Club by a single point a day earlier.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong, which was placed last on the standings, was looking for a chance to redeem itself after it lost to Taipei 89-102 the last time the two teams faced off in November.

However, at the final whistle Saturday, Taipei fell 78-105, after Hong Kong American import guard Brandis Raley-Ross led the scoreboard with 27 points made from downtown and inside the key at Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese men’s doubles pair fall in the quarter-finals

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 19, 2020
By: Staff writer, with AFP, JAKARTA

Taiwan’s Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin crashed out in the quarter-finals at the Indonesia Masters on Friday, losing to Mohammed Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the men’s doubles.

Ahsan and Setiawan won 9-21, 21-15, 21-19 at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Palace in Jakarta to eliminate the last of the Taiwanese at the tournament.

The Indonesian pair yesterday won their semi-final 21-12, 18-21, 21-17 over compatriots Fajar Alfian and Mohammed Rian Ardianto and face Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo of Indonesia in the final after they beat Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia 21-19, 21-19.

Defending champion Anders Antonsen of Denmark on Friday advanced to the semi-finals after beating hometown star Jonatan Christie and played Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu yesterday, winning 21-9, 21-14 to reach today’s final.   [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Wang advances to 2nd round in Indonesia Masters badminton tourney

Focus Taiwan
Date: 01/16/2020
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan and Joseph Yeh

Jakarta, Jan. 15 (CNA) One of Taiwan's top badminton players, Wang Tzu-wei (王子維), advanced to the second round of the Indonesia Masters on Wednesday, after beating his Thai opponent in the men's singles.

Wang, ranked 15 in the world, defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-12, 21-16, in a 41-minute match at Istora Senayan indoor gymnasium in Jakarta.

Wang attributed the victory to the fact that he was able to better control the tempo of the game by sticking to his pre-match tactics.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan sisters, Hsieh beaten in Australia

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 15, 2020
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AP and AFP, HOBART and ADELAIDE, Australia

The Chan sisters’ disappointing start to the new season continued yesterday at the Hobart International

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei returns to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in their Adelaide International women’s singles first-round match in Australia yesterday.
Photo: AFP

when they fell to a second consecutive first-round defeat, while fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei was ousted in the first round of the singles at the Adelaide International after a three-set battle with Aryna Sabalenka.

All looked well for top seeds Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan after they won the first set against unseeded Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine and Sharon Fichman of Canada, but the Taiwanese sisters could not maintain that momentum as they fell to a 2-6, 6-3, 10-4 defeat in 1 hour, 19 minutes.

The Chan sisters won only 55 percent of points on their first serve and 29 percent of their first-return points as they fell to a second straight first-round defeat after their earlier elimination at the Brisbane International last week.

India’s Sania Mirza won her first doubles match since returning to the WTA Tour following the birth of her son.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Hsieh wins with Strycova

TRIPLE WINNER: Defending champion Karolina Pliskova prevailed in three sets against Madison Keys to become the first three-time champion at the Brisbane International

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 13, 2020
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova yesterday battled back from a set down and saved a

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei, left, and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic hold the winners’ trophy after their triumph in their women’s doubles final against Ashleigh Barty and Kiki Bertens at the Brisbane International in Australia yesterday.
Photo: EPA-EFE

championship point to claim their first doubles title of season at the Brisbane International.

The top seeds rallied after dropping the first set and a break in the second to complete a 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 10-8 victory over Ashleigh Barty and Kiki Bertens in 1 hour, 45 minutes at Pat Rafter Arena.

After conceding the first set and falling behind in the second, the Taiwanese-Czech duo had to dig deep, saving championship point on Hsieh’s serve before forcing a super tiebreak.

They carried that momentum into the decider to race to a 6-1 lead, but the Australian-Dutch pairing fought back to 6-5 in front of a partisan crowd cheering for Queenslander Barty.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s badminton ace reaches semifinals of Malaysia Masters

Focus Taiwan
Date: 01/10/2020
By: Lung Po-an and Ko Lin

Tai Tzu-ying (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) is just two matches away from winning the Malaysia Masters title after overcoming her Indian opponent in the quarterfinals of the women's singles event in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

The top-seeded Tai, who is currently ranked second in the world, defeated defending world champion Pusarla Sindhu 21-16, 21-16 in 36 minutes.

In a tight first game, Tai and Sindhu exchanged the lead multiple times and were deadlocked at 15-15 before the Taiwanese ran off six of the next seven points to take the game.

Tai continued her hot run by taking a commanding 11-2 lead in the second game. Sindhu closed the lead to five on a string of Tai errors, but the top seed was able to stem her opponent's rally and close out the match.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh, Strycova reach Brisbane semis

DREAM COME TRUE: In Auckland, Amanda Anisimova outlasted Eugenie Bouchard to advance and make real her ‘biggest wish’ to play against Serena Williams

Taipei Times
Date:  Jan 11, 2020
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, BRISBANE, Australia

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova yesterday overcame a rocky start to advance to the

The Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova returns to the US’ Jennifer Brady in their Brisbane International women’s singles quarter-final in Australia yesterday.
Photo: AFP

semi-finals of the doubles at the Brisbane International with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Lucie Hradecka and Andreja Klepac in 1 hour, 20 minutes at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

The top seeds, ranked No. 4 and No. 1 in the world, saved four of seven break points and converted five of 13, winning 50 percent of their first-return points against the unseeded Czech-Slovenian duo in their first meeting on the tour after the Taiwanese-Czech pairing had to withdraw due to injury when they were scheduled to face off in the quarter-finals in Cincinnati, Ohio, last year.

In today’s semi-final, the top seeds face unseeded Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine and Yang Zhaoxuan of China, who battled past Darija Jurak of Croatia and Alicja Rosolska of Poland 6-2, 4-6, 11-9 in their quarter-final on Thursday.

The winners face Ashleigh Barty, the Australian world No. 1 in the singles, and Kiki Bertens in the final after the Dutch player revealed news of their semi-final opponents — Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia and Kristina Mladenovic of France — withdrawing following her second-round singles win over Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit on Thursday night.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese table tennis veteran reverses Tokyo Olympics decision

Chuang Chih-yuan said last year he was quitting national team, but has changed mind

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/01/09
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

 Chuang Chih-yuan (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s table tennis veteran Chuang Chih-yuan (莊智淵) has agreed to participate in a Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifying event on Jan. 22, after previously announcing to he would not take part, CNA reported on Tuesday (Jan. 9).

Chuang's participation was also confirmed by the International Table Tennis Federation's (ITTF) website. This revealed that Chuang is on the list of players participating in the Olympics, the news agency said.

Chuang, who has participated in the Summer Olympic Games four times, caught Taiwan’s sport authorities off guard by announcing on Facebook in September last year he was quitting the national team. This automatically meant he would be giving up his right to participate in the Olympic qualification rounds.

However, both the Sports Administration and the China Taipei Table Tennis Association tried hard to convince him to change his mind and take part, according to CNA. Chuang is now set to join four other Taiwanese male table tennis aces to form a national team.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh and Strycova advance in Brisbane doubles

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 09, 2020
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, BRISBANE, Australia

Reigning Wimbledon champions Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova yesterday began their season with

France’s Caroline Garcia serves against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during their Auckland Classic singles second-round match Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday.
Photo: AFP

a victory in the first round of the doubles at the Brisbane International, while in the singles eighth seed Madison Keys led a trio of Americans through to the quarter-finals.

Taiwan’s Hsieh bounced back from a 6-4, 6-1 defeat to Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the first round of the singles on Tuesday by teaming up with her Czech partner and defeating Australian duo Priscilla Hon and Storm Sanders 6-3, 6-4 in 68 minutes at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

The top seeds saved two of three break points and converted three of eight, winning 81 percent of their points on first service to advance to the quarter-finals of the opening tournament of the year.

World No. 4 Hsieh and world No. 1 Strycova, who claimed four doubles titles last season — Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Madrid; Birmingham and Wimbledon, England — next face unseeded Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia, who cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia and Sloane Stephens of the US in 56 minutes.

Chan sisters start season with a defeat in Brisbane

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 07, 2020
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwanese third seeds Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan yesterday suffered a disappointing start to the

Coco Gauff of the US returns to Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova in their Auckland Classic first-round singles match in New Zealand yesterday.
Photo: AFP\

season at the Brisbane International, falling to a 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 first-round defeat to Karolina Pliskova and Donna Vekic in 1 hour, 18 minutes.

The Chan sisters, who claimed four doubles titles last season — Hobart, Australia; Doha; Eastbourne, England; and Osaka, Japan — saved 10 of 13 break points and won three of six, but were let down by a second service on which they only won 37 percent of their points as they exited on the opening day of their season.

The Taiwanese sisters will be hoping to get back in the groove next week when they return to Hobart as the defending champions in a field that is set to feature two former world No. 1s — Latisha Chan and Sania Mirza — as well as reigning Australian Open women’s doubles champion Zhang Shuai of China.    [FULL  STORY]