Taiwan’s Hsieh advances in Paris

BACK IN FULL SWING: Apart from two wins in the qualifiers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in February, the match was Hsieh Su-wei’s first singles victory of the season

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 30, 2020
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AFP, PARIS

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei returns to Austria’s Barbara Haas in their Paris Open women’s singles first-round match at Roland Garros in Paris on Monday.
Photo: AFP

Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday defeated world No. 143 Barbara Haas to advance to the second round of the French Open on a rain-affected day at Roland Garros in Paris.

Hsieh defeated the Austrian qualifier 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) in 1 hour, 34 minutes on the clay courts in the French capital.

The Taiwanese world No. 63 saved five of eight break points and converted four of four, hitting 17 winners and taking advantage of her opponent’s 39 unforced errors to improve her career record against Haas to 2-1, after they claimed a victory apiece in their previous encounters in 2017.

Apart from two wins in the qualifiers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in February, it was Hsieh’s first singles victory of the season and she next faces Polish 19-year-old Iga Swiatek, who knocked out last year’s runner-up, Marketa Vondrousova, 6-1, 6-2 in just 63 minutes.

Hsieh and Strycova triumph in Rome

’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 22, 2020
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei, left, and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic celebrate with their trophies after winning the Internazionali BNL d’Italia women’s doubles final at the Foro Italico in Rome on Sunday.
Photo: EPA-EFE

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico.

It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February.

“After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site. “In doubles, you have a small court and it’s tough to get into the rhythm, but I felt like we started off [well] right away from the first match. I felt we were playing better and better.”

Hualien City take Mulan league title

THOROUGH THRASHING: Hualien City beat Taichung Blue Whale 2-1, ending their three-year winning streak with one round of matches left and eight points to spare

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 14, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Hualien City’s Lin Kai-ling, right, scores the opening goal in her team’s Taiwan Mulan Football League match against Taichung Blue Whale at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City on Saturday, as Blue Whale’s Nien Ching-yun, left, and Liu Chien-yun, center, look on.
Photo courtesy of CTFA

Hualien City on Saturday clinched this year’s Taiwan Mulan Football League title with one game to spare, by beating Taichung Blue Whale 2-1 at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City.

Hualien City have scored 38 points this season. Blue Whale are second on the scoreboard with 30 points, while Taipei Bravo are third with 23 points. One final round of matches is to be played on Saturday.

It is the fourth league trophy for Hualien City, and ends Blue Whale’s three-year winning streak. Hualien had won the title from 2014 to 2016.

Both teams defended well, leaving few chances in front of goal through most of the first half, although Blue Whale squandered several good opportunities inside the final third.

3 international triathlon events to take place in southeastern Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/09/2020
By: Tyson Lu and Kay Liu

The 2019 edition of the Ironman 70.3 event. File photo courtesy of the Taitung County government

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) Three international triathlon events will be held in Taitung County, southeastern Taiwan, on Saturday and Sunday, including the first Ironman 70.3-mile (113-kilometer) competition in Asia following the disruption of the race calendar since February because of the COVID-19 outbreak, organizers said.

The events, originally scheduled for mid-March, had their format adjusted and removed from the professional category this year, out of consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement released by Taiwan Triathlon Co. on Tuesday.

Instead, for the Ironman 70.3 event to be held on Sunday, two Taiwanese athletes, Hsiao Yu (蕭育) and Hsieh Shen-yen (謝昇諺), will compete in an elite group, while others who signed up for the event will compete in various age groups, the company said.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan pull out of badminton’s Thomas and Uber Cup events

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 09, 2020
By: Staff writer, with AFP, BANGKOK

Photo: AFP

The Thomas and Uber Cup Finals are to go on as scheduled, despite the withdrawal of Taiwan and two other teams over COVID-19 pandemic concerns, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Monday.

Following the announcement by Taiwan, who feature women’s singles world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying and men’s singles world No. 2 Chou Tien-chen, it was announced that Thailand and Australia would also skip the team tournaments, which are to be played in a bio-secure “bubble” in Denmark from Oct. 3 to 11.

The twice-postponed men’s and women’s world team championships are to be the first international badminton tournaments since the pandemic brought most sports to a halt in March.

Thailand blamed their withdrawal on “special circumstances related to COVID-19 in addition to injuries to key players,” the BWF said in a statement.    [FULL  STORY]

Migrant worker football league takes off in Taiwan

Taiwan Immigrants Football League attracts pros and amateurs alike, nabs endorsement from FIFA subsidiary

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/09/08
By: Tim Rinaldi, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

Taiwan Immigrants Football League (GWO photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan Immigrant's Football League (TIFL) is an impressive organizational feat recently launched by the nation's blue-collar foreign workers, and it looks off to a promising start.

On a recent weekend, while much of the foreign population of Taipei remained under the covers, hundreds of worker-athletes made use of what for many would be the week's sole day off, holding five successive matches at the Jinhe Sports Park in Zhonghe.

Most of the elements of a classic Taipei setup were in place: the motorcycles chugging below the overpass, the terrace houses receding up the hill, and, of course, the gratuitous heat.

Taiwan's blue-collar foreign workers, who number over 700,000, generally come from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. Many perform their jobs under unenviable work conditions, typically as fishermen, factory hands, and domestic helpers.    [FULL STORY]

Czech expat sets up runners website to focus attention on Taiwan

Novotný dreams of direct flights between island and Prague

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/09/04
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

‘Taiwan Beast Runner’ Petr Novotny (CNA, Petr Novotny photo)  

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil wrapped up his historic visit to Taiwan Friday (Sept. 4), attention focused on a compatriot of his who set up a website about running on the island.

Petr Novotný, 35, married to a Taiwanese indigenous woman, launched the site “Taiwan Beast Runners” to encourage people around the world to admire the island’s natural beauty, as well as fire up locals and expats to run across its more isolated scenery, CNA reported.

Having moved to Taiwan eight years ago, Novotný said he loved the country, and echoing his country’s senate president’s words, he said he was also Taiwanese. Having direct flights between Taiwan and the Czech capital Prague would be a dream come true, he added.

Global Warriors clinch Filipino basketball league title

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/30/2020
By: William Yen

CIASI Taichung Winter Basketball League Season 1 finals / CNA photo Aug. 30, 2020

Taichung, Aug. 30 (CNA) The Global Warriors basketball team on Sunday clinched the title of a winter basketball league for Philippine migrant workers organized by a Philippine organization that aims to help its compatriots in different countries.

The Global Warriors, a team composed of Filipino migrant workers from central Taiwan that was formed in 2019, defeated the El Norte team 86-73 to take the championship.

The Warriors started off well with several fast-break points and easy baskets from inside the key against El Norte's zone, forcing it to go to man-to-man defense.

That still failed to slow down the Warriors, however, who had the game salted away by building an 83-73 lead with just over two minutes left and were happy to slow down the game at the end to run out the clock.    [FULL  STORY]

Hualien City extend winning streak

NOT GIVING UP: Blue Whale beat Taipei Bravo 2-1, taking them to within five points of Hualien City, although their manager said it would be difficult to pass the leaders

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 31, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Taipei Bravo forward Su Hsin-yun, center, dribbles the ball past Taichung Blue Whale defenders Tseng Wen-ting, left, and Lai Wei-ju, right, in their Taiwan Mulan Football League match at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of the CTFA

Scoreboard leaders Hualien City and second-ranked Taichung Blue Whale won their Taiwan Mulan Football League matches on Saturday, with five points now separating them, while Hang Yuan FC and Inter Taoyuan finished with a scoreless draw.

In the first match, Hualien City beat Kaohsiung Sunny Bank 3-0 to maintain their winning streak this season.

Striker Tan Wen-lin opened the account in the 38th minute by slotting the ball into an empty net, as there was confusion between Kaohsiung goalkeeper Lee Ya-ting and the defense.

In the 70th minute, Lin Hsiao-yun took possession during a scramble inside goal area, and curved a shot inside the far post.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Benson Lin selected 3rd overall in CBA draft

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/21/2020
By: Lung Po-an and Matthew Mazzetta

CNA file photo

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) Taiwanese basketball player Benson Lin (林庭謙) was selected by China's Tianjin Pioneers on Friday as the third overall pick in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) draft.

Lin, 20, was the only Taiwanese among 64 players to declare for the CBA draft this year, doing so after his sophomore year on the basketball team at Bryant University in the United States was thrown into doubt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A graduate of Taipei Municipal Jin Hua Junior High School, Lin traveled to the U.S. to develop his talents while still in high school, and has represented Taiwan in the International Basketball Federation's (FIBA's) Under-16 Asian Championship and Under-17 Basketball World Cup.

Lin's father, basketball coach Lin Cheng-ming (林正明), said Friday that his son's selection so early in the draft shows that the team has confidence in him, but also means that he will be under great pressure to perform.    [FULL  STORY]