UPSETS:China’s Peng Shuai defeated Australian second seed Samantha Stosur, while sixth-seeded Misaki Doi of Japan lost to Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic
Date: Feb 04, 2017
By: Dave Carroll and Jason Pan / Staff reporters
Reigning champions the Chan sisters yesterday cruised into the semi-finals of the
doubles at the Taiwan Open, while the upsets continued in the singles as Peng Shuai defeated second seed Samantha Stosur and wild-card Lucie Safarova ousted sixth seed Misaki Doi.
Taiwanese top seeds Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan took just 58 minutes to see off Danka Kovinic of Montenegro and Magda Linette of Poland 6-1, 6-4.
The sisters, looking to retain the title they won in Kaohsiung last year, had their serve broken only once at 4-3 in the second set, but they broke straight back, one of the four out of six break points they converted.
“We made preparations for the match by watching them play the other day, so we developed a strategy against them,” Chan Yung-jan said. “In today’s match, we aimed to get the ball to areas where they could not play their favored return shots and at angles difficult for them to reach, forcing mistakes. We are pleased with how the match turned out, it was much better than our last outing earlier this week and one of our best recent performances.” [FULL STORY]