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Taiwan thrashes South Korea 7-0 in Premier12

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 13, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s national baseball team crushed defending champions South Korea 7-0 last night, securing a

Taiwan’s Kao Yu-chieh hits against South Korea in their Premier12 Super Round game at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba, Japan, yesterday.
Photo: Lin Cheng-kung, Taipei Times

crucial victory in the Premier12 championship in Japan that keeps alive the nation’s hopes of securing an automatic berth at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Taiwan drew first blood in the top of the second inning with two consecutive RBI hits by Kao Yung-chieh and Hu Chin-lung off South Korea starter Kim Kwang-hyun, bringing the score to 2-0.

The lead was extended to 3-0 in the fourth inning with an RBI single by Wang Sheng-wei, bringing back runner Lin Li, who reached first base with a single.

In the top of the seventh inning, Chen Chun-hsiu blasted a three-run homer off South Korea reliever Won Jong-hyeon, before Lin Hung-yu added another RBI single in the ninth to give Taiwan a comfortable 7-0 lead, which they held until the end of the game.    [FULL  STORY]

Mexico shut out Taiwan’s anemic offense in opener

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 12, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan were shut out 2-0 by Mexico in the opening game of the Premier 12 Super Round in Japan

Taiwan’s Chen Kuan-yu pitches against Mexico in their Premier12 Super Round game at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba, Japan, yesterday.
Photo: AFP

yesterday, dealing a severe blow to their hopes of securing a berth at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Both teams managed only three hits in a game dominated by pitching, but Mexico made more of what little offense they produced in the game played at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba.

Ali Solis broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out solo homer to left off Taiwan starter Chiang Shao-ching.

Mexico widened the lead to 2-0 an inning later on hits by the first two batters in the inning and an RBI sacrifice fly by Esteben Quiroz off Chiang.

In Mexico’s six other at-bats, only one batter reached base — Noah Perio in the fourth on a walk — but their two runs held up for the victory against Taiwan’s anemic offense, which has scored only one run in their past 18 innings of Premier12 play.    [FULL  STORY]

Kento Momota beats Taiwan’s Chou

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 11, 2019
By: Staff writer, with AFP, SHANGHAI

Kento Momota won his 10th title of a remarkable year as Japan’s world No. 1 defeated Chou Tien-

Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan returns to Kento Momota of Japan during their men’s singles final at the Fuzhou China Open yesterday.
Photo: AFP

chen of Taiwan to retain his Fuzhou China Open crown yesterday.

Home hope Chen Yufei also defended the women’s title with a gritty victory over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.

Reigning two-time world champion Momota battled past world No. 2 Chou 21-15, 17-21, 21-18 in a repeat of last year’s final.

The 29-year-old Chou is in the unusual position of not having a coach and instead relies on his longtime physio to guide him courtside during matches.    [FULL  STORY]

Japan’s Momota, Taiwan’s Tai advance to semi-finals

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 09, 2019
By: AFP, SHANGHAI

Defending champion and world No. 1 Kento Momota yesterday battled past former No. 1 Viktor

Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan returns to Kim Ga-eun of South Korea during their China Open women’s singles quarter-final in Fuzhou yesterday.
Photo: AFP

Axelsen to reach the China Open semi-finals.

Japan’s Momota, who is chasing his 10th title of the season, suffered a second-game wobble before beating Axelsen of Denmark 21-18, 12-21, 21-16 in their quarter-final.

The 25-year-old Momota next faces Axelsen’s compatriot, Rasmus Gemke, or Angus Ng Ka-long of Hong Kong in today’s last four.
[FULL  STORY]

Taiwan loses to Japan, finishes second in Premier12 Group B

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/07
By: Jhang Jin-de

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Taiwan's national baseball team on Thursday finished in second place in

Jhang Jin-de

Premier12 baseball championship Group B after losing to Japan 8-1 at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.

The first loss for Team Taiwan, competing under the name Chinese Taipei, in the opening round of the international tournament, means it will take a 0-1 record into the next round which will be held in Japan next week.

Meanwhile, Japan finished top of the group undefeated with their third win and head into the Super Round with a 1-0 record.

Earlier Thursday, Venezuela defeated Puerto Rico 7-1 to finish third in Group B.   [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan win 3-0 to clinch Super berth

STRONG STARTS: Chang Yi and Henderson Alvarez kept the game close in the early innings, while Japan’s Rei Takahashi’s submarine pitch befuddled Puerto Rico

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 07, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan last night advanced to the next round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier 12

Taiwan’s Chang Yi pitches against Venezuela in their World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier 12 Group B round-robin game in Taichung last night.
Photo: CNA

tournament after breaking a deadlock against Venezuela with late runs in their Group B game to win 3-0, while Japan shut out Puerto Rico 4-0 in Taoyuan to advance to the next round.

It was a tight affair over six innings at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium, beginning with a duel of starting pitchers Chang Yi of Taiwan and Henderson Alvarez of Venezuela.

The hosts broke through for two runs in the seventh inning on two hits and a walk against Venezuela’s fifth pitcher, Miguel Socolovich.

Centerfielder Lin Che-hsuan reached first base on a walk before pinch hitter Chu Yu-hsien tagged Socolovich with a line drive near third base for a double, driving Lin home for Taiwan to take a 1-0 lead.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese sport shooter qualifies for 2020 Olympics

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/05
By: Lung Po-an and Matthew Mazzetta

Photo courtesy of Lu Shao-chuan (center)

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) Taiwanese sport shooter Lu Shao-chuan (呂紹全) achieved a fifth-place score of 185.5 in the 10-meter air rifle competition at the Asian Shooting Championships Tuesday, earning him a spot in the 2020 Olympics.

He will be the first Taiwanese male ever to compete in the category.

The championships, which are being held Nov. 3-14 in Doha, Qatar, serve as one of the sport's qualifying events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

During the qualifying round on Tuesday morning, Lu's score of 626.3 out of a maximum 654 placed him sixth among the 59 competitors.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan cruise past Puerto Rico

ALMOST PITCH PERFECT: Starter Chiang Shao-ching took the win after striking out five, yielding only three hits and giving up only one run in the Group B opener

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 06, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan yesterday began their Premier 12 Group B campaign on a high by defeating Puerto Rico 6-1,

Taiwan’s Lin Li hits a two-run homer against Puerto Rico in their Premier 12 Group B game at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium yesterday.
Photo: Liao Yao-tung, Taipei Times

scoring three runs in a pivotal fifth inning to open up a close contest at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.

Second baseman Lin Li blasted a two-run homer in his first at-bat, then in the fifth laid down a bunt that drove in two runs on a fielding error to account for the winning margin.

Taiwan head coach Hong Yi-chung elected to start with Chiang Shao-ching, a 25-year-old right-hander who spent last season in the US with the Columbus Clippers, a Cleveland Indians triple-A team.

Puerto Rico head coach Juan Gonzalez gave the starting assignment to 29-year-old right-hander Fernando Cruz, who has been playing for a Chicago Cubs triple-A tea    [FULL  STORY]

U.S.’s Korda stumbles late but defends title at Taiwan LPGA tourney

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/03
By: William Yen

New Taipei, Nov. 3 (CNA) Nelly Korda of the United States frittered away a three-shot lead on the back

Nelly Korda / Photo courtesy of Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA

nine but recovered to win a playoff and defend her title Sunday at the 2019 Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA golf tournament outside of Taipei.

Korda seemed headed to a comfortable victory after 13 holes of the final round, her 20-under for the tournament leading her nearest challengers Minjee Lee of Australia by three shots and Caroline Masson of Germany by four.

But three bogeys in the next four holes and birdies on the 15th and 16th holes by Masson left the American and Australian one shot behind the German heading into the par-5 finisher at the US$2.2 million event.

Korda and Lee birdied it while Masson settled for a par, setting up a three-way playoff that Korda won on the same 18th hole with another birdie.    [FULL  STORY]

Barty wins; Hsieh Su-wei loses in doubles

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 04, 2019
By: Agencies, with staff writer SHENZHEN, China

Top-ranked Ash Barty yesterday won the WTA Finals trophy, beating defending champion Elina

From left, Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic pose with the winners’ trophy alongside Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova after their WTA Finals decider in Shenzhen, China, yesterday.
Photo: EPA-EFE\

Svitolina in straight sets, while Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova won their semi-final in the doubles, but fell in the final yesterday to Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.

Barty had not beaten Svitolina in five previous attempts, but she dominated yesterday, winning 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour, 26 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center.

The Australian claimed US$4.42 million — the biggest ever awarded in men’s or women’s tennis.

Barty, like Svitolina, dropped the opening set of her semi-final on Saturday before beating Karolina Pliskova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.    [FULL  STORY]