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.
NINE NEW CASES: The CECC said two locally transmitted cases of COVID-19, and seven imported ones – five women and two men – brought the nation’s total to 348 People who refuse to wear a mask on public transportation after being asked to do so would face a NT$3,000 to NT$15,000 fine, effective immediately, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday after announcing nine additional COVID-19 cases. In a move to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications on Tuesday announced that people must wear masks on trains and intercity buses, while Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, on Tuesday said that people should wear them when they cannot maintain a social distance of 1.5m indoors. Chen yesterday
TRILLION PROPOSED: The premier said the goal was to keep ‘businesses solvent, the unemployment rate down, transportation and logistics going, and cash flowing’ The Executive Yuan yesterday announced an expanded economic stimulus package totaling NT$1.05 trillion (US$34.64 billion), including NT$81.6 billion in subsidies for employers to prevent a spike in unemployment. The increased budget comprises a special budget of NT$210 billion, up from the NT$60 billion already passed by the Legislative Yuan; NT$140 billion — up from NT$40 billion — to be appropriated from the general budget; and NT$700 billion in loans to industries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics Minister Chu Tzer-ming (朱澤民) told a news conference at the Executive Yuan in Taipei. The NT$150 billion increase in the
TARGETED TEXTS: The center’s head said that visitor numbers at scenic spots were greater than expected and people did not do a very good job of social distancing The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday sent two warning text messages to urge people to practice social distancing, especially by avoiding crowded scenic areas. The two messages were sent at 11:55am on the third day of the four-day Tomb Sweeping Day weekend, reminding people about social distancing and hand hygiene to help prevent COVID-19 infection. “When visiting crowded scenic spots during the Tomb Sweeping Day weekend, please keep a social distance of at least 1.5m indoors and 1m outdoors, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently. Please wear a mask and seek immediate medical attention if you are feeling ill
The US National Security Council yesterday thanked Taiwan for its support amid the COVID-19 pandemic following President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) announcement that Taiwan would donate 10 million masks to hard-hit countries. The donation includes 2 million masks to the US on top of the weekly 100,000 announced previously; 7 million to Europe; and 1 million to diplomatic allies, on top of 1 million Taiwan procured for allies from their neighboring countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. After European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed appreciation for the donations, the US body yesterday wrote its thanks on Twitter. “We