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Mixed day for Chan sisters at Australian Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/19
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Chung Yu-chen

Image taken from Pixabay

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Taiwan’s Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and her partner lost their first-round mixed doubles match in straight sets at the Australian Open Saturday, while her sister, Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) and her pairing advanced to the second round.

Partnered with Croatia’s Ivan Dodig, Latisha Chan went up against Abigail Spears of the U.S. and Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabal, with each side breaking their opponents’ serves twice in the first 10 games to tie 5-5.

However, Latisha Chan and Dodig failed to hold serve in the 11th game and lost the first set 5-7.

The pair lost the second set 6-2.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh falls to Osaka

THE BEST MEDICINE: The rising Japanese star took her frustrations over Hsieh’s tricky strokeplay out on her racket before letting out a laugh and turning the tide

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 20, 2019
By: AFP, MELBOURNE

Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan gave Japan’s Naomi Osaka an emotional ride in the Australian

Naomi Osaka loses her racket in her Australian Open singles match against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in Melbourne yesterday.  Photo: AFP

Open women’s singles yesterday before the US Open champion sent her packing.

Osaka conceded the first set and was down 4-1 in the second before a five-game winning streak forced a decider and she took control for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory.

Fourth seed Osaka uncharacteristically blew her cool as she struggled against Hsieh’s unorthodox strokeplay, receiving a warning for racket abuse.

The 21-year-old after the match repeatedly apologized for her outburst and said it was laughter, not anger, that allowed her to advance to the last 16.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s badminton ace exits Malaysia Masters in quarterfinal loss

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/18
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin

Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) was knocked out of the US$350,000

CNA file photo

Perodua Malaysia Masters badminton tournament on Friday by the one player on the world badminton tour she has had trouble solving.

The World No. 1 Tai, who is coming off an impressive 2018 in which she bagged seven BWF World Tour titles, fell to Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-13, 21-14 in the tournament’s quarterfinals in just 31 minutes.

Tai, who was hoping to avenge a tough loss to the Thai in the finals of the 2018 Malaysia Masters, has now lost five of the last six matches the two have played.

She was trying her best to find her rhythm after taking a break following a hamstring injury in mid-December last year, but was no match for the former world champion, who has not dropped a game in three matches in Malaysia.    [FULL  STORY]

Mixed day for Taiwan in doubles

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 19, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA and AFP, MELBOURNE

Taiwan’s Chan sisters yesterday fought their way through to the third round of the

Latisha Chan, second right, shakes hands with Jiang Xinyu, left, as Chan Hao-ching, right, and Wang Qiang look on after their Australian Open match in Melbourne yesterday.  Photo: AFP

Australian Open women’s doubles, but Hsieh Su-wei was ousted after she and her US partner were unable to capitalize on several opening set chances.

Seventh seeds Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching topped Jiang Xinyu and Wang Qiang of China 6-2, 6-3 in 65 minutes in a match in which both teams had trouble holding serve.

The Chans won six of their opponents’ eight service games, despite having their own serve broken three times.

The start of the match was delayed by rain, but it did not trouble the Chans.

“Was quite a long day because of the weather, but got some amazing support today … so it was worth the wait,” Latisha Chan said on Facebook.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying into quarterfinals at Malaysia Masters

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/17
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Chi Jo-yao

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) beat Line Kjaersfeldt of Denmark to

CNA file photo

advance to the women’s singles quarterfinals Thursday at the 2019 Malaysia Masters.

After losing the first set, the world No. 1 stepped up the pace to run away with the next two sets and defeat her world ranked 21st opponent 19-21, 21-12, 21-10 in 41 minutes.

Tai has a 5-0 record against Kjaersfeldt, and is the only Taiwanese player left in the tournament. The 24-year-old Taiwanese will face either Chloe Birch of England or Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the quarterfinal.

Tai reached the women’s singles finals at the 2018 Malaysia Masters but lost to Intanon 21-16, 14-21, 24-22.     [SOURCE]

Taiwanese win in Melbourne

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 18, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Hsieh Su-wei yesterday claimed back-to-back victories at the Australian Open, while fellow

Hsieh Su-wei celebrates defeating Laura Siegemund during their second-round women’s singles match at the Australian Open in Melbourne yesterday.  Photo: EPA-EFE

Taiwanese Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan also triumphed on their bow at the first Grand Slam of the season.

Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh advanced to the third round of the women’s singles with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Laura Siegemund of Germany in 1 hour, 33 minutes.

The Kaohsiung-born 28th seed hit 25 winners and took advantage of her opponent’s 38 unforced errors, while saving eight of 10 break points and converting four of 11 to advance to a third-round clash with reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka.

The Japanese fourth seed took just 64 minutes to see off the challenge of Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek 6-2, 6-4.    [FULL  STORY]

World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying opens 2019 with a win

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/16
By: Luke Sabatier

Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) / Image taken from Tai Tzu-ying’s Facebook (www.facebook.com)

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) opened 2019 with a victory in the first round of the US$350,000 Perodua Malaysia Masters badminton tournament on Wednesday, hoping to put behind her a injury-marred finish to the 2018 season.

Tai, the world’s top-ranked women’s badminton player, was knocked out of the group stage of the BWF World Tour Finals in mid-December when she had to retire with a hamstring injury in a decisive match against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh cruises at Australian Open

AT THE DOUBLE: The Taiwanese No. 1 took just 58 minutes to set up a second-round clash with world No. 110 Laura Siegemund of Germany

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 16, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with Reuters, MELBOURNE

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei yesterday cruised into the second round of the women’s singles at

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei returns to Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in their Australian Open first-round women’s singles match in Melbourne yesterday.  Photo: Reuters

the Australian Open, while Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the tournament in more than 40 years.

Hsieh, the 28th seed, took just 58 minutes to see off the challenge of Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele 6-2, 6-1.

The Taiwanese No. 1 won 76 percent of points on her first serve compared with just 40 percent for her opponent.

Hsieh saved six of eight break points and converted six of eight, hit 27 winners and won 62 of the 98 points contested to advance to a second-round match against world No. 110 Laura Siegemund of Germany, who rallied from a set down to defeat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-2.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh cruises at Australian Open

AT THE DOUBLE: The Taiwanese No. 1 took just 58 minutes to set up a second-round clash with world No. 110 Laura Siegemund of Germany

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 16, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with Reuters, MELBOURNE

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei yesterday cruised into the second round of the women’s singles at

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei returns to Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in their Australian Open first-round women’s singles match in Melbourne yesterday.  Photo: Reuters

the Australian Open, while Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the tournament in more than 40 years.

Hsieh, the 28th seed, took just 58 minutes to see off the challenge of Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele 6-2, 6-1.

The Taiwanese No. 1 won 76 percent of points on her first serve compared with just 40 percent for her opponent.

Hsieh saved six of eight break points and converted six of eight, hit 27 winners and won 62 of the 98 points contested to advance to a second-round match against world No. 110 Laura Siegemund of Germany, who rallied from a set down to defeat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-2.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chang Chia-che wins Ho Chi Minh City Marathon

Chang Chia-che finished the marathon in 2:35:52

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/14
By: Scott Morgan, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

File photo: 2018 HCMC Marathon (Image from HCMC Marathon)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese long-distance runner Chang Chia-che (張嘉哲) won the men’s category of the Ho Chi Minh City Marathon in Vietnam on Jan. 13.

Chang completed the 42.19 kilometer race in two hours 35 minutes and 52 seconds, beating second-place Dung Nguyen Quoc by over five minutes.

The race included full, half, and 10 kilometer disciplines, with the event drawing more than 9,000 participants from 60 countries.

Hong Le Pham Thi won the women’s race, in a time of three hours 3 minutes and 58 seconds.    [FULL  STORY]