Chan, Babos advance to Taiwan Open semi-finals

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 02, 2018
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching and Timea Babos of Hungary yesterday cruised into the semi-

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching, left, high-fives Hungarian partner Timea Babos during their Taiwan Open doubles match in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Lo Pei-der, Taipei Times

finals of the doubles at the Taiwan Open after Babos had to battle for more than two hours before booking a spot in the quarter-finals of the singles at the Heping Sports Complex in Taipei.

The top seeds took just 61 minutes to see off the challenge of Japanese duo Eri Hozumi and Junri Namigata 6-1, 6-4.

The Taiwanese-Hungarian pairing saved two of four break points and converted five of nine, winning 58 of the 100 points contested as Chan kept her bid to retain the title she won last year with elder sister Latisha Chan firmly on track.

The top seeds are to face Nao Hibino and Oksana Kalashnikova in tomorrow’s semi-final after the Japanese-Georgian pairing defeated Cornelia Lister of Sweden and Arina Rodionova of Australia 6-2, 6-2 in 63 minutes in the earlier quarter-final.

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