EXTRAORDINARY DAY:In the singles, hometown hero Johanna Konta defeated two Grand Slam winners to advance to the semi-finals on the grass courts in Eastbourne
Date: Jul 01, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with Reuters
Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan cruised through two matches to advance to the semi-finals of the Aegon
International doubles on Thursday, but younger sister Chan Hao-ching crashed out in the opening round in Eastbourne, England.
Second seeds Chan Yung-jan and Martina Hingis took just 48 minutes to see off US duo Lauren Davis and Alison Riske 6-1, 6-2 in the first round, before returning to the grass courts to rout Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-0 in 49 minutes in the quarter-finals.
In their opener, the Taiwanese-Swiss duo saved two of three break points and converted five of five, while in the quarter-final they saved all four break points they faced and converted five of seven to set up a semi-final against Nicole Melichar of the US and Anna Smith of Britain, who they defeated in the Mallorca Open semi-finals last week on their way to claiming the title.
Chan Hao-ching and Monica Niculescu were ousted 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 by third seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in 1 hour, 16 minutes. [FULL STORY]