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Hsieh’s hopes squashed by Kvitova

RISING STAR: Australian Ashleigh Barty brought her momentum from winning the Zhuhai Open into the new year, defeating world No. 1 Simona Halep in straight sets

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 10, 2019
By: AFP, SYDNEY

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei fell just short of the Sydney International quarter-finals after a 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 defeat to fifth seed Petra Kvitova yesterday, while world No. 1 Simona Halep and fourth seed Sloane Stephens are to head to Melbourne Park earlier than expected.

Halep had not played since withdrawing from the WTA Finals in October last year with a herniated disc and was no match for fast-rising Australian Ashleigh Barty, who scored the biggest win of her career 6-4, 6-4.

Last year’s Australian Open runner-up had a bye through to the second round, meaning she heads to the Australian Open with just one game under her belt.

“It was a great match after almost four months [since the last one]. I think I played a good level of tennis, but I had no inspiration in some important points,” Halep said.
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Hsieh, Chan sisters win Down Under

BIG SERVER: World No. 28 Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan faces a tougher assignment in the second round against fifth seed and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 09, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Hsieh Su-wei yesterday advanced to the second round of the women’s singles at the

Germany’s Angelique Kerber returns against Italy’s Camila Giorgi in their Sydney International women’s singles match at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Australia yesterday.  Photo: EPA-EFE

Sydney International, while fellow Taiwanese Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan had to battle through to the women’s doubles quarter-finals at the Hobart International.

Hsieh defeated world No. 35 Danielle Collins 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in 1 hour 40 minutes at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

The Taiwanese world No. 28 saved four of six break points and converted three of nine, winning 80 of the 151 points contested to improve her career record over the American to 2-0 following a 6-4, 6-3 victory in their only previous meeting in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2014.

The Kaohsiung-born 33-year-old faces a tougher assignment in the second round against fifth seed Petra Kvitova after the two-time Wimbledon champion overcame Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-1, 7-5.

“She came from Shenzhen and won the tournament, so I knew it would be a tough match,” Kvitova said after the match. “I’m happy with my performance in the first round. She’s a big server and a big hitter from the baseline, and I’m really happy I was able to win it.”    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chan sisters win silver at Brisbane International

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/05
By: Lung Po-an and Chi Jo-yao

Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and Chan Hao-ching (詹

Image taken from Latisha Chan’s Facebook page

皓晴) had to settle for second place in the women’s tennis doubles at the Brisbane International after they were defeated in the final Saturday.

In the match, the Chan sisters lost to Nicole Melichar of the United States and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic 1-6, 1-6.

The Taiwanese pair did not hold a single game in the first set and failed to turn the tide in the second, which left them with a silver medal in the women’s doubles.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan sisters advance to doubles finals of Brisbane International

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/04
By: Lung Po-an and Ko Lin

Taipei, Jan. 4 (CNA) Taiwan tennis pair, Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and Chan Hao-ching (詹

Photo courtesy of Liu Hsueh-chen

皓晴), won a tough match to secure a spot in the finals of the Brisbane International women’s doubles Friday.

The Chan sisters topped Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Xu Yifan of China in a close three set match that lasted 81 minutes.

The Taiwanese duo started out strong, taking advantage of early mistakes by their opponents to take the first set 6-2.

However, Dabrowski and Xu found their rhythm in the second set which they won 4-6.
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Hsieh breezes to semis in NZ

DREAM RUN: She is next to face the giant-killing Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu, whose latest conquest was Venus Williams in a smart come-from-behind victory

Taipei Times
Date; Jan 05, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, AUCKLAND, New Zealand

Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei yesterday advanced to the ASB Classic semi-finals in

Hsieh Su-wei returns to Sara Sorribes Tormo in their ASB Classic singles quarter-final yesterday in Auckland, New Zealand.  Photo: AFP

Auckland, New Zealand, to set up a showdown with Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu, who stunned Venus Williams in their quarter-final to continue her giant-killing run.

Third seed Hsieh defeated world No. 86 Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour, 17 minutes in the quarter-finals.

The Kaohsiung-born world No. 28 saved five of seven break points and converted six of seven, winning 67 of the 116 points contested to improve her career record over the Spaniard to 3-0 after her victories in New Haven, Connecticut, last year and in Budapest in 2017.

Hsieh, who is looking to claim her fourth WTA Tour title in Auckland, faces 18-year-old world No. 152 Andreescu in today’s semi-final after the Canadian rallied to beat Williams, 20 years her senior and a seven-time Grand Slam winner, 6-7 (1/7), 6-1, 6-3.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan sisters advance to Brisbane semis

PREPARATIONS: Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dmitrov are to face off in the men’s singles quarter-finals, a rematch of the 2017 final, as they tune up for the Australian Open

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 03, 2019 – Page 16 
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AP, BRISBANE, Australia

The Chan sisters yesterday advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching, left, and Latisha Chan take a selfie at the Brisbane International yesterday.  Photo: screen grab from Facebook

Brisbane International, while in the men’s singles Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the quarter-finals at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

Fourth seeds Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan advanced with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Kristina Mladenovic of France and Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan in 65 minutes.

The Taiwanese duo saved two of three break points and converted five of nine, winning 67 percent of their points on second serve, compared with their opponents’ 26 percent conversion rate.

The Chan sisters won 63 of the 103 points contested to be the first pairing to advance to the semi-finals, where they are to face the winner’s of the quarter-final that pits second seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Xu Yifan of China against Eri Hozumi of Japan and Alicja Rosolska of Poland.
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Hsieh Su-wei cruises past Polona Hercog

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 02, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, AUCKLAND, New Zealand

Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei yesterday began her season with a comfortable straight-sets victory at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, while the ageless Venus Williams launched her 25th year as a professional by outlasting Victoria Azarenka in a three-set thriller.

Hsieh, who began the season as the world No. 28 after claiming her third title in Hiroshima, Japan, in September, her first since 2012, cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over world No. 85 Polona Hercog in 63 minutes.

The Taiwanese third seed saved three of four break points and converted four of eight, winning 58 of the 100 points contested to improve her career record over the Slovenian to 3-2.

Hsieh next faces reigning Olympic champion and world No. 53 Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in the second round today, against whom she has a 0-2 career record.
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Promising Taiwanese tennis player qualifies for Challenger event

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/12/31
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣), Taiwan’s junior tennis ace, beat

Photo courtesy of Tseng Yu-te

Michael Look of Australia on Monday to qualify for the main draw of an ATP Challenger event in Australia.

The 17-year-old Taiwanese, who is the top ranked junior in the world but is turning pro this year, cruised past Look 6-1, 6-4 in the US$81,240 2019 City of Playford Tennis International.

He will play another Australian opponent, Aleksandar Vukic, in the opening round of the main singles draw on Tuesday.

Tseng has had a stellar year in 2018, winning back-to-back junior Grand Slam singles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon and reaching the junior finals of the Australian Open and junior semifinals of the US Open, results that led him to turn pro.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan sisters cruise into quarters

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 01, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, BRISBANE, Australia

The Chan sisters yesterday opened their season by cruising into the quarter-finals of

Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan, left, and Chan Hao-ching leave the court after winning their Brisbane International women’s doubles first-round match at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane, Australia, yesterday.
Photo: Screen grab from Facebook

the women’s doubles at the Brisbane International, while Karolina Pliskova rallied from a set down to advance to the second round of the women’s singles.

Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan took just 49 minutes to complete a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Japanese duo Miyu Kato and Makoto Ninomiya in their opening match of the season.

The fourth seeds saved one of the two break points they faced and converted five of 10, winning 55 of the 88 points contested to advance to a quarter-final against either Dutch duo Kiki Bertens and Demi Schuurs or Kristina Mladenovic of France and Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan, who are due to face off today.

In the singles, Pliskova said she refused to panic despite falling behind a set and a break to Yulia Putintseva in her opening singles match.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Wang Chen-chu selected as the best of the best in Japan’s pro baseball history

The fans selected 30 best players in Japan’s professional baseball history, and the No. 1 player is Wang, who had set a world record by hitting 868 home runs

Taiwan News
Date; 2018/12/25
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Wang Chen-chu (王貞治) has been elected by fans

Wang Chen-chu (first from left) (By Central News Agency)

to the status of the best of the best in Japan’s professional baseball history, according to a Liberty Times report on Tuesday.

On Monday night, Japan’s TV Asahi broadcast the results of an “overall professional baseball election” with votes casted by 10,000 fans. The fans selected the 30 best players in Japan’s professional baseball history, and the No. 1 player is Wang, who had set a world record by hitting 868 home runs.

Wang’s parents went to Japan to be in business, and Wang has three siblings. Wang began playing baseball when he was in the third or fourth grade. While in high school, Wang became a member of the school’s baseball team. After graduating from high school, he became a professional player in 1959, which was the inception of his brilliant 21-year professional baseball career in Japan.    [FULL  STORY]