Date: Jun 20, 2015
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AFP, BIRMINGHAM, England
Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching was knocked out in the first round of the doubles at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England, on Thursday, despite fighting back after losing the first set.
Chan and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia, who were trailing 3-1 against second seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic on Wednesday when rain delayed the match until the following day, lost the first set 7-5, but fought back to win the second 6-4 and force a super tiebreak.
However, the second seeds proved too strong in the decider at the Edgbaston Priory Club, completing a 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 victory in 1 hour, 26 minutes.
Both pairings saved four of eight break-point chances while also converting four of eight, but the second seeds edged the total points won 73 to 72 to set up a quarter-final against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic, who defeated wild-cards Eugenie Bouchard and Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3. [FULL STORY]