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Women’s doubles pair claim tennis title in China

By Tony Phillips  /  Staff writer

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan teamed up with China’s Zhang Shuai on Friday night to win the Yinzhou Bank International Women’s Tennis Open doubles title in Ningbo, China.

The top seeds earned a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 victory over fourth-seeded Irina Buryachok of Ukraine and Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia.


It was some consolation for Zhang after Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski battled back from a set and a break down to beat her in the singles final of the WTA 125K Series tournament.

After winning a marathon 71-minute first set, Zhang looked headed for victory as she built an early 2-0 lead in the second set.

However, top-seed Jovanovski took 12 of the next 15 games to win, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 6-1.


Ningbo was the third WTA 125K Series stop of the year, following Cali, Colombia in February and Suzhou in China last month.

There are two more WTA 125K Series events to come this year in Nanjing, China, beginning on Oct. 28, and in Taipei in November.

Earlier in the week, Taiwan’s Hsieh Shu-ying teamed up with Xu Yi-fan of China in the doubles competition, but they were eliminated in the semi-finals.

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