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Taiwan hopes at Wimbledon still alive with Chan


Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun’s (盧彥勳) heroics may have come to an end, but Taiwanese hopes at Wimbledon were kept alive by Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然), who made it through to the mixed doubles quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Lu’s run to the men’s singles last eight, where he was beaten by Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic, was the greatest ever performance by a Taiwanese player at a Grand Slam.

However, 12th seeds Chan and Paul Hanley of Australia beat fifth seeds Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Court 18 to prolong Taiwanese interest at the All England Club.

They face India’s Leander Paes and Cara Black of Zimbabwe, the second seeds, for a place in the semi-finals.

The win marks Chan’s highest placing at Wimbledon to date. Her previous best was the last 16 of the 2007 women’s doubles event with Taiwanese partner Chuang Chia-jung (莊佳容).

Chan is the only Taiwanese player remaining in the championships. She and another Taiwanese player, Chang Kai-chen (張凱貞), also competed in the women’s singles, but both crashed out in the second round — personal bests for them both in the event.

Still another Taiwan women’s player, Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇), reached the last 16 in both the women’s singles and the mixed doubles.

In a message on her Web site, Chan said playing with Hanley was a fun experience. Chan said he kept making jokes during the game that he himself would not laugh at. She said she could not always understand what he was saying because of his Australian accent and that when Hanley realized this, he started laughing and making fun of her.

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