TOUGH FIGHT:The Taiwanese duo fought back from a set down against Russians Daria Kasatkina and Elena Vesnina to claim the victory in their semi-final on Friday
Date: Feb 28, 2016
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AP, DOHA
Taiwan’s Chan sisters edged a thrilling Qatar Open doubles semi-final on Friday, while Spain’s
Carla Suarez Navarro was set to play in both the singles and doubles finals yesterday.
Fourth seeds Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan fought back from a set down to edge Russian duo Daria Kasatkina and Elena Vesnina — who had ended the 41-match winning streak of top seeds Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Sania Mirza of India in the quarter-finals — 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 10-8 in 1 hour, 54 minutes.
The Taiwanese sisters saved five of nine break points and converted two of 10, winning 80 of the 156 points contested to advance to the final in the super tiebreak at the International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.
The Chan sisters were going for their second WTA Tour title of the season in the final, which was due to be played in the early hours of this morning, after they claimed the inaugural Taiwan Open title in Kaohsiung on Feb. 14.
“Today was a really tough fight, especially after losing the first set, it was difficult, but fortunately we did not give up from start to finish. Kept playing until the last minute to claim this crucial victory. Will come back tomorrow with the same mentality,” Chan Hao-ching wrote on Facebook. [FULL STORY]