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Chan triumphs twice at US Open

limelightChan Yung-jan will next face top seed Caroline Wozniacki in New York after her best-ever run in a Grand Slam singles tournament

By Tony Phillips  /  STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

Chan Yung-jan flicks sweat off her fingertip during her US Open match against Tamira Paszek at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Thursday.

PHOTO: AFP

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan scored two wins at the US Open on Thursday, advancing to the third round of the singles in a Grand Slam for the first time in 17 attempts before reaching the second round in the women’s doubles with China’s Zheng Jie.

Her first triumph came with her 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Austria’s Tamira Paszek in sweltering conditions in the first match on Court Seven.

Chan took her chances in the first set, converting two of three break-points, while her 196th-ranked opponent only managed to win one out of four.

Paszek’s serve deserted her in the second set, the Austrian only managing to get 48 percent of her first serves in compared with Chan’s 71 percent. Paszek, 19, also served seven double-faults as unforced errors started creeping into her game.

The Austrian served to stay in game at 3-5 in the second set, but Chan wasn’t to be denied and wrapped up the match in 1 hour, 40 minutes.

“I was not 100 percent in my first match and was missing the easy ball,” Chan said. “But that was better today and I am looking to play even better from now on in.”

Next up for the 21-year-old from Taichung County is top seed Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen later in the day.

The prospect of playing the Dane was not daunting, Chan said, as they had known each since they were juniors and had played several times.

“Also I love playing on the big courts,” she said.

Chan’s previous best Grand Slam performances had been second-round appearances at the US Open in 2008, the Australian Open last year and at Wimbledon this year.

Later on Thursday, Chan and Zheng advanced in the women’s doubles by defeating Eleni Daniilidou of Greece and Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-1.

The seventh-seeded pair have twice reached the semi-finals of international events.

Despite being optimistic about playing with Chan, Zheng said she was concerned that her partner would have trouble performing at her best because of the strain of competing in the singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles in the same tournament.

Meanwhile, top seeds Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan of the US beat Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the mixed doubles.

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