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Chan breezes through in Taipei

HOME GIRL Chan Yung-jan is likely to face a sterner test against Australian Jessica Moore today after overpowering Japan’s Tomoyo Takagashi yesterday

By Tony Phillips  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chan Yung-jan hits a backhand against Japan’s Tomoyo Takagishi yesterday during their match at the OEC Taipei Ladies Open at the Taipei Arena.

PHOTO: CHANG CHIA-MING, TAIPEI TIMES

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan dominated from start to finish as she overwhelmed Japan’s Tomoyo Takagashi 6-1, 6-1 at the Taipei Ladies Open yesterday.

The No. 1 seed broke Takagashi’s serve in the fourth game of the first set and from that point on it was downhill all the way for the 24-year-old Japanese.

Chan broke Takagashi again in the sixth game before racing away with the first set. The world No. 58 was more aggressive, hitting the ball with more power and serving better than her opponent.

Chan broke Takagashi again at the start of the second set, an impressive two-handed backhand down the line clinching the first game. Another break followed in the third game before the Japanese found herself serving to stay in the game at 1-5 down.

Three double faults followed for the world No. 436 as her brittle serve disintegrated altogether. She was put out of her misery when a forehand sailed long to hand Chan the win on her first match point.

Chan admitted she was a bit surprised at the ease of the victory as Takagishi is normally a solid player who doesn’t make too many mistakes. But Chan also thought that she was in good shape and had played aggressively.

Kimiko Date-Krumm fared much better than her compatriot in downing Taiwan’s Chan Chin-wei 6-1, 6-3 to reach the last eight.

Joining the veteran Japanese were Jessica Moore, who beat fellow Australian Sophie Ferguson 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and Corinna Dentoni of Italy who beat Germany’s Angelika Roesch 7-6, 7-6.

Chan faces Australian seventh seed Moore in a quarter-final clash today. Chan said Moore has a good forehand and is a pretty aggressive player but that she shouldn’t have too much of a problem as long as she keeps her rhythm and plays her normal game.

There were wins in the doubles yesterday for Hsieh Su-wei and Chuang Chia-jung, Chan Chin-wei and Chang Kai-chen, Chen Yi and Corinna Dentoni and Hsu Wen-hsin and Hwang I-husan.

No. 1 seeds Hsieh and Chuang had a stiff workout against Japanese duo Rika Fujiwara and Date-Krumm before earning a 6-4, 3-6, 10-3 victory. Additional reporting by CNA

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