Mon, Jan 12, 2009 - Page 20 News List

Yang Tsung-hua wins first professional tennis title


An 18-year-old Taiwanese tennis player, Yang Tsung-hua, won the men’s singles championship at the China F1 Futures Tennis Tournament in Guangzhou, China, yesterday, taking his first professional title with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win over China’s Zeng Shaoxuan.

Yang, who won the junior boys singles title at the French Open last June, later went on to become the first Taiwanese to be ranked as the world’s top junior tennis player.

Yang and his doubles partner Lee Hsin-han also captured the men’s doubles title at the China F1 Futures Tennis Tournament on Saturday, defeating the Chinese team in two straight sets, 6-0, 6-3.

Yang’s win in last year’s French Open was the biggest achievement by a Taiwanese player at the Grand Slam tournaments.

Experts have said Yang’s game will improve even more as he gains greater mental and physical strength as he matures.

Yang, known for his powerful first serve, is one of the country’s few male tennis players to successfully transition to the pro game.

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