‘I CAN ONLY IMAGINE’:Martina Hingis said that their semi-final against Sania Mirza and Peng Shuai would ‘probably be easier than having to play your sister’
Date: Sep 09, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter
Elder sister Chan Yung-jan on Thursday prevailed in a showdown of sisters at the US
Open, as the Taiwanese and Martina Hingis of Switzerland took just 63 minutes to see off the challenge of younger sister Chan Hao-ching and Zhang Shuai of China 6-2, 6-2 at Flushing Meadows in New York.
In an emotional quarter-final on Court 17, the second seeds saved two of three break points and won five of 11, hitting 23 winners to advance to the semi-finals of the final Grand Slam of the year.
“It was really tough for me, definitely one of the toughest matches in my career,” Chan Yung-jan told the WTA Web site. “We know each other too well and know everything we want to do on the court.”
“It was very emotional during the match, but after the match, she’s still my sister,” she said. “It’s still great to be able to play her in the quarter-finals of such a big event. I tried to bring out my best tennis today and my partner helped me quite a bit.”
“At the end of the day, we did our job,” Hingis told the WTA Web site.
“It wasn’t easy for Latisha [Chan Yung-jan] to play her sister and waiting for the match for three days wasn’t simple,” she said of the rain delays that canceled the match on more than one occasion. “You keep getting ready and then once the match happens you have to bring your ‘A’ game. Under the circumstances, we did our best and played really good. The score at the end shows the result and that’s what matters.”