Taiwanese badminton star cruises into semis at All England Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/08
By: Tai Ya-chen and Chung Yu-chen

A screenshot taken from Tai Tzu-ying’s Facebook page

Taipei, March 8 (CNA) Playing only her second tournament of the year, Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) seems to have regained her form after advancing to the semifinals of the All England Open on Friday.

Tai, who has won the women’s singles at the US$1 million tournament the past two years, topped India’s Saina Nehwal 21-15, 21-19 in 37 minutes in their quarterfinals match Friday morning.

She will face fourth-seeded Akane Yamaguchi of Japan on Saturday for a place in the finals.

The Taiwanese continued her mastery of Nehwal, defeating her for the 13th consecutive time dating back to late 2014, but had to work hard to win the second game after falling behind early 8-3.

Taiwanese duo finishes second in Beach Volleyball World Tour event in India

In the final, Wang was seized with a cramp, forcIng the Taiwanese duo to retire

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/03/04
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Photo taken from the Facebook page of 謝雅仁 (left)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese duo of Hsieh Ya-jen (謝雅仁) and Wang Jin-ru (王進如) was defeated during the men’s final in Vizag Open India of FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, the United Daily News (UDN) reported on Monday.

The duo played a total of eight matches in four days, the news outlet reported.

The Taiwanese duo started from qualifying competitions, and only lost one game in the first seven matches to advance into the final, UDN reported.

However, in the final against a German team, Wang was seized with a cramp, forcing the Taiwanese duo to retire. Wang said after the match, “The results have been big for us to remember, and from here, we will be heading to the next tournament, hoping we will work harder in future competitions and capture a gold medal for Taiwan.”    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen eliminated from German Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/03
By: Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, March 3 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) was knocked out of the YONEX German Open 2019 on Sunday, after losing to Kenta Nishimoto of Japan 15-21, 21-18, 16-21 in the men’s singles semi-finals.

Before Sunday’s match, which lasted 67 minutes, World No. 3 Chou had faced World No. 11 Nishimoto three times, with Chou prevailing each time.

With Chou’s knockout on Sunday, his hopes of clinching his third men’s singles title at the tournament were dashed.

Taiwan’s Tsao Chun-yu breaks national record in Tokyo Marathon

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/03
By: Lung Po-an William Yen

Tsao Chun-yu (first right), CNA file photo

Taipei, March 3 (CNA) Taiwanese Tsao Chun-yu (曹純玉) ran the 2019 Tokyo Marathon in a time of just over two hours and 36 minutes on Sunday, breaking a 15-year national record and finishing 17th in the women’s race.

Tsao broke the Taiwan record of 2:39:53 set by Hsu Yu-fang (許玉芳) in the 2004 Xiamen International Marathon.

After the Tokyo Marathon, Tsao said that while she did not achieve her personal goal of finishing under 2:35, she was pleased to have broken the national record for a female marathoner with her time of 2:36:14.

With that time, Tsao has also qualified for the 2019 World Athletics Championships, which will be held Sept. 27 to Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese badminton ace advances to quarter-finals at German Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/01
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Emerson Lim

Taipei, March 1 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) defeated Hong Kong’s Lee

CNA file photo

Cheuk Yiu (李卓耀) in a tense one hour, three minute match Thursday to clinch a slot in the men’s singles quarter-finals of the YONEX German Open 2019.

Chou took on the world No. 36 Lee for the second time in his career, starting the opening set with a 6-0 run, but a 7-1 and 3-1 burst from Lee put him back into the driver’s seat, and he took the set with a score of 21-17.

Chou regained his composure and won the second set 21-16.

In the final set, Lee took the lead with an initial score of 5-4, but Chou refused to give up and answered with a 6-0 rally to take the set 21-8 and move into the quarter-finals.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen advances to round 2 at German Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/28
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Evelyn Kao 

Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) Taiwanese badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) on Thursday cruised to the round of 16 of the men’s singles at the YONEX German Open 2019, winning in two straight games.

The second seed Chou defeated Zhou Zeqi (周澤奇) of China 21-19 and 21-12 in the first-round match in 37 minutes to advance to the second round of the tournament.

Chou will next face World No. 36 Lee Cheuk-yiu (李卓耀) of Hong Kong. In their last encounter, at the YONEX Chinese Taipei Open 2018, Chou won in two straight games.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese Wang Tzu-wei (王子維) lost to world champion Kento Momota of Japan 18-21, 15-21 in the first round of the 2019 German Open in Mulheim.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese athlete secures Olympic spot with air pistol silver

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/26
By: Lung Po-an and Christie Chen

CNA file photo

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Taiwan’s Wu Chia-ying (吳佳穎) sealed a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Tuesday after winning a silver medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Rifle/Pistol World Cup 2019 in New Delhi.

Wu bagged the medal in the women’s 10-meter air pistol event, scoring 238.4 points, trailing only Hungary’s Veronika Major, who claimed gold with a score of 245.1 points.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh and Strycova romp to Dubai title

BETTER AND BETTER: Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova defeated Lucie Hradecka and Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-4; Belinda Bencic waltzed to a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 25, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with Reuters, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

Third seeds Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova on Saturday claimed their first title of the season in the

Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic wins the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship final against the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.  Photo: AFP

doubles final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, while unseeded Belinda Bencic outlasted second seed Petra Kvitova in the singles final.

Hsieh and Strycova defeated seventh seeds Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic and Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour, 20 minutes to claim their second title as a duo after their victory in Indian Wells, California, last year.

The Taiwanese-Czech pairing saved two of six break points and converted six of 12, winning 68 percent of points on their first serve as they completed their third consecutive victory over a seeded duo in Dubai.

“I think we were playing really, really good, high level, especially second set when we were leading 4-1. Until 4-1, 40-love, we didn’t kind of miss any ball. We had the chemistry on court. We know exactly what to do,” Strycova told the WTA Web site. “This game I had easy volley there to finish it to 5-1. Didn’t make it. Su-wei was at the net when it was 4-all. I was serving, and she helped me there three times. That helped us a lot to have the confidence again.”    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese-Czech duo defeats Taiwan’s Chan sisters at Dubai Open

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/02/23
By: Huang Chiao-wen, Tang Sheng-yang and Chi Jo-yao

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Taiwan’s tennis veteran Hsieh Su-wei

Hsieh Su-wei (Image taken from WTA’s Twitter account)

(謝淑薇) and her Czech teammate advanced to the final match of the women’s doubles at the Dubai Tennis Championships Friday, defeating Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴).

Hsieh and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic cruised past the Chan sisters 6-2, 6-1 in a semifinal match lasting only 56 minutes.

The Taiwanese-Czech duo will next play Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic and Ekaterina Makarova of Russia Saturday.

Earlier Friday, Hsieh crashed out of the women’s singles after
failing to make a comeback in the third set and losing to the Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova 6-3, 2-6, 4-6 in a hard-fought semifinal thriller lasting two hours and ten minutes.     [FULL  STORY]

Kvitova downs Taiwan’s Hsieh to reach Dubai final

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 24, 2019
By: Reuters

Second seed Petra Kvitova recovered from a set down against Hsieh Su-wei to end the unseeded

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei returns to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-final in the United Arab Emirates on Friday.  Photo: Reuters

Taiwanese’s run at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Friday with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory that saw the Czech reach her third final of the year.

Kvitova, who made an astute tactical adjustment midway through the match that changed the course of the contest, was to face Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in Saturday’s final.

Hsieh, who knocked out Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and fourth seed Karolina Pliskova during her remarkable run to the semi-finals, kept Kvitova guessing with her unorthodox shot selection and soon had the world number four on the back foot.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova is one of the hardest hitters in the women’s game, but found herself outwitted by Hsieh in a tense first set and the Czech’s frustration showed as she made 12 unforced errors to Hsieh’s one in the opener.    [FULL  STORY]