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Taiwanese table tennis pair bag bronze at Universiade

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/09
By: Lung Po-an and intern Hsieh Meng-jun

Taiwanese table tennis players Su Pei-ling (left) and Liao Cheng-ting. Photo from

Taiwanese table tennis players Su Pei-ling (left) and Liao Cheng-ting. Photo from facebook.com/CTUSFSSU

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Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Taiwanese table tennis players Liao Cheng-ting (廖振珽) and Su Pei-ling (蘇珮綾) clinched a bronze medal in the table tennis mixed doubles competition at the 2019 Universiade in Naples on Monday, after losing to a Chinese team in the semifinals.

Liao and Su actually led the best-of-seven semifinal two games to one and fought back from an 8-2 deficit to even up the fourth game at 8-8, but the Chinese team of Yu Ziyang (于子洋) and Wang Yidi (王藝迪) took command after that, winning the match 11-4, 7-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-5.

Because there is no match played for the bronze medal in the Universiade table tennis competition, Liao and Su took bronze simply by virtue of reaching the semifinal round and failing to advance to the final.

Yu and Wang will face another Chinese team, Zhao Zihao (趙子豪) and Fan Siqi (范思琪), for the gold medal.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese shooters claim gold medal at Universiade

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/10
By:  Central News Agency

(Image downloaded from Student Sports Union Facebook Page)

Taipei (CNA) Taiwanese shooters Kuo Kuan-Ting (郭冠廷) and Yu Ai-wen (余艾玟) won the 10 meter mixed air pistol gold medal at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples Tuesday, Taiwan's third gold medal in the shooting event of this year's Universiade.

The Taiwanese duo bested South Koreans Kim Min Jung (金旼貞) and Park Dae Hoon (朴大勛) 16-10, with Kuo shooting a 10.8 to seal the win in the deciding round with a total of 20.4 against the South Koreans' 20.2.

According to the regulations, shooters of both teams must fire a shot each and the team with the higher combined score will receive two points and one point each in case of a tie. The team that accumulates 16 points first wins.

This year's shooting event at the Naples Universiade has become the biggest "gold mine" for the Taiwanese delegation, with Liu Wan-yu (劉宛渝) and Yang Kun-pi (楊昆弼) both capturing a gold medal in the trap shooting event July 5.    [FULL  STORY]

The Hsiehs’ ‘seasonal’ partnership

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 10, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The first and quite probably the last collaboration between Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and her brother

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei serves to the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in their Wimbledon women’s singles third-round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in England on Friday last week.
Photo: AFP

Hsieh Cheng-peng in mixed doubles at a Grand Slam event came to an abrupt end at Wimbledon on Monday.

Taiwan’s Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig of Croatia easily toppled the Hsiehs in the second round of the mixed doubles 6-3, 6-2 in 66 minutes and are next to face 11th seeds Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia.

Chan and Dodig have won the French Open mixed doubles the past two years and are seeded eighth at Wimbledon.

After winning their opening-round match, the Hsiehs said that they were playing together to have fun and were not worried about winning or losing, and Monday’s defeat actually came as something of a relief to the sister who has been active at this year’s Wimbledon.

She also reached the third round of the women’s singles before losing to third-seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in a three-set match, and was to compete yesterday in women’s doubles.    [FULL  STORY]

Team Taiwan bags 12 medals at 30th Summer Universiade in Naples

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/08
By: Taiwan Today, Agencies

Team Taiwan has won 12 medals—four gold, five silver and three bronze—for seventh in the overall

Lee Chih-kai displays his pommel horse gold medal at the 30th Summer Universiade in Naples (CTUSF photo)

standings as of Day 5 at the 30th Summer Universiade running July 3-14 in Naples, Italy.

Lee Chih-kai is leading the charge in the individual tally with gold in the men’s pommel horse, silver in the team and bronze in the all-around artistic gymnastics discipline. The successful defense of his pommel horse gold from the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei has Lee on track to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the 49th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, later this year.

Similarly impressive is the injured Tang Chia-hung’s gold in the men’s horizontal bar and silver in the team artistic gymnastics discipline. The former is the country’s first in the category at the biennial international university sports meet, and continues his winning ways from the 2018 Asian Games.

Taiwan also fared well in shooting. Liu Wan-yu and Yang Kun-pi collected gold in the women’s and men’s trap, respectively, as well as silver in the mixed trap. In addition, Lin Ying-shin claimed silver in the 10-meter team air rifle along with partners Chen Yun-yun and Tsai Yi-ting, and bronze in the women’s 10-meter air rifle.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan currently 7th in Universiade medal table with four golds

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/08
By: Lung Po-an and Chung Yu-chen

Taiwanese taekwondo athlete Su Chia-en /photo from facebook.com/CTUSFSSU

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes were not expected to replicate their huge medal haul at the 2017 Universiade in Taipei, but they have so far done reasonably well at this year's Universiade in Italy and are currently ranked seventh in the medals table.

As of the end of the day Sunday, Taiwan has won four golds, five silver and three bronzes since the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples opened on July 3.

Taiwanese taekwondo athlete Su Chia-en (蘇佳恩) grabbed a silver medal in the taekwondo women's individual poomsae Sunday — Taiwan's first medal in the sport this year — with a total score of 6.99.

The college senior told CNA by phone that she was nervous performing her routine as it has been a long time since her last individual competition, and declared that Sunday's competition was her last as a college student.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese gymnast Lee wins gold at Summer Universiade

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/07
By: Long Po-an and Emerson Lim

Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Taiwanese gymnast Lee Chih-kai (李智凱) bagged a gold medal in the men's

Lee Chih-kai (李智凱) / (Image taken from facebook.com/CTUSFSSU)

pommel horse event at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples Sunday, successfully defending the title he won in Taipei in 2017.

Lee advanced to the finals with the highest score of 15.150 among 55 athletes and won gold with an even higher score of 15.400, besting seven other finalists with his "Thomas Flair" technique.

He was the only athlete to receive a score higher than 15 and became the first Taiwanese gymnast to win consecutive golds at the Universiade.

Lee also brought home the bacon at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei, first performing the difficult Thomas Flair technique.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Hsieh, Strycova into last 16

WOMEN’S DOUBLES: If the Hsieh-Strycova duo and Chan sisters pairing defeat their next matchups, the two doubles teams would go head-to-head in the quarter-finals

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 08, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Saturday continued their

France’s Lucas Pouille, left, congratulates Switzerland’s Roger Federer after Federer won their Wimbledon men’s singles third-round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in England on Saturday.
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pressure on competitors in the women’s doubles at Wimbledon, taking them to the round of 16.

The third-seeded duo beat Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic and Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 6-2 to stay in the tournament. They next face the 15th-seeded Romanian pairing of Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu.

If Hsieh and Strycova win their match tomorrow and the sister team of Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching defeat their matchup with sixth-seeded duo Elise Mertens of Belgium and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, the two pairings from Taiwan would go head-to-head in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, eight-time Wimbledon singles champion Roger Federer registered a record 350th win in Grand Slam matches in his 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Lucas Pouille of France and in the process reached the fourth round for an unprecedented 17th time.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese grabs gold in men’s trap shooting at Italy Universiade

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/07/06
By: Lung Po-an and Chung Yu-chen

Yang Kun-pi / photo from facebook.com/CTUSFSSU

Taipei, July 6 (CNA) Taiwanese Yang Kun-pi (楊昆弼) won a gold medal in the men's trap event at the 2019 Summer Universiade Friday in Naples.

Yang, who scored 122 to finish first in the qualifying round, beat Slovakian Filip Marinov 45-44 to take the gold.    [FULL  STORY]

Sibling spectacular as Chans, Hsiehs sail through

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 07, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA and AFP, LONDON

Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching, and siblings Hsieh Su-wei and Hsieh Cheng-

Taiwan’s Latisha Chan, left, serves as Chan Hao-ching prepares to return against Belgian duo Greet Minnen and Alison van Uytvanck in their Wimbledon women’s doubles second-round match in London on Friday.
Photo: AFP

peng on Friday both notched victories in their respective doubles events at Wimbledon.

The ninth seeded Chan sisters cruised past Belgian duo Alison van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen 6-2, 6-1 in less than an hour to advance to the third round of the women’s doubles.

They entered Wimbledon on a high by winning the women’s doubles at a Wimbledon warm-up event at the Nature Valley International, but they are next to face the formidable sixth seed duo of Belgian Elise Mertens and Belarussian Aryna Sabalenka.

Mertens and Sabalenka last month reached the finals of the French Open women’s doubles and won top-tier events in Indian Wells and Miami in March.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Hsieh wins round 1 of women’s doubles at Wimbledon

Taipei Times
Date: 2019/07/05
By:  Central News Agency

London, July 4 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis ace Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and her Czech partner Barbora

Hsieh Su-wei (Wimbleton Facebook photo)

Strýcová gained their first win in the women's doubles tournament at Wimbledon on Thursday.

The third-seeded Hsieh-Strýcová duo knocked out Mona Barthel of Germany and Xenia Knoll of Switzerland 6-2, 6-1 in two straight sets.

Hsieh opened the match with her usual strong serves. In the first set, Hsieh and Strýcová allowed their opponents two games before beating them 6-2, registering an 80 percent first-serve success rate.

In the second set, the Taiwan-Czech pair kept up the pressure on Barthel and Knoll and cruised to a 6-1 victory.    [FULL  STORY]