Date: May 18, 2019
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AFP, ROME
Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan yesterday rallied from a set down against the third seeds to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali d’Italia in Rome, while Roger Federer on Thursday saved two match points against Borna Coric to advance to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles as defending champion Rafael Nadal and top seed Novak Djokovic raced through in straight sets.
However, Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios was disqualified after a foul-mouthed rant during his third-round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud which could land him with a lengthy suspension.
The Taiwanese seventh seeds battled to a 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 10-7 victory over Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai in 1 hour, 54 minutes at the Foro Italico.
The Chan sisters saved six of 11 break points and converted four of 13, winning 64 percent of points on their second serve to even their career record against the Australian-Chinese duo to 1-1 after a 6-7 (6/8), 7-5, 10-5 loss in the semi-finals in Miami in March. [FULL STORY]