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Taiwanese duo win at French Open

CONTENDERS Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung hope to go one better than at their last Grand Slam tournament when they were runners up in Melbourne

AFP , PARIS, WITH STAFF WRITERS

PHOTO: REUTERS

Taiwan's highly touted women's tennis duo Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and Chuang Chia-jung (莊佳容) advanced to the third round of the women's doubles at the French Open yesterday after coming back from a first-set stumble to beat Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino and Arantxa Parra Santonja 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 in a match lasting one hour and 38 minutes.

The pair outserved their Spanish opponents winning 56 percent of points on their first serve compared to the Spaniards 47 percent.

They also won 45 percent of points on their second serve compared 30 percent for Dominguez Lino and Parra Santoja.

Chan and Chuang, the No. 5 seeds and runners up in the doubles at the Australian Open earlier this year, beat Czech Iveta Benesova and Russian Galina Voskoboeva 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.

It took them only 48 minutes to crush their opponents as they took four out of five break point opportunities. They won 75 percent of points on first service and an even more impressive 79 percent on their second serves.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and American Shenay Perry also tasted success in the first round, beating France's Severine Bremond and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday.

However they were out of luck yesterday against Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, going down in straight sets 6-7, 3-6.

In the women's singles Jelena Jankovic overpowered Venus Williams 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in a high-quality third round tie yesterday.

The 22-year Serb has been in impressive form this year and had beaten Williams on the last two occasions they had met.

Jankovic won the toss, chose to receive and the tactic paid off as the 25-year-old Williams served up a dreadful game.

Jankovic moved 2-0 before Williams started to find her range and the fourth-seed from Belgrade comfortably held on to her serve a further four times to take the set 6-4 in 30 minutes.

Williams came into the third round tie as a five-times Grand Slam title winner but she has never been too comfortable on clay despite reaching the Paris final in 2002 when she lost to sister Serena.

This time the American held her serve to open the second set and then attacking the Jankovic forehand paid dividends as she broke in the next game to take a 2-0 lead.

Williams had a chance to go 3-0, but Jankovic held firm and had her opponent gasping for breath after a punishing series of long rallies.

That paid dividends in the fifth game as the Serb broke back to get to 2-3, but Williams hit back immediately winning the next three games to move 5-2 up.

She failed to level the tie on her own serve but did so in the following game breaking Jankovic's serve for the third time in four attempts.

But it was the Serb who proved the stronger in a pulsating final set breaking the Williams serve in the third and fifth games to move 4-1 up.

That broke Williams's resistance and two games later it was all over.

"I stayed mentally very strong in third set and I really went for my shots," Jankovic said. "I was a little bit tired in the second set, but I just went for it in the third and it paid off."

In the men's second round tie held over from Thursday Russia's Igor Andreev defeated Olympic champion Nicolas Massu of Chile 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

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