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Chan joins Hsieh in China quarters

TAIWAN DUO:Chan Yung-jan and partner Zheng Jie’s commanding victory over their Australian rivals has made Chan the second Taiwanese in the doubles quarter-finals

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, BEIJING

Madison Keys of the US hits a return against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in their China Open women’s singles second-round clash in Beijing yesterday.

Photo: Reuters

Chan Yung-jan joined fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei in the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles competition at the China Open yesterday.

Chan and her partner, Zheng Jie of China, took advantage of their superior service game — getting in 80 percent of their first serves with no double faults to their opponents’ three — and converted three of 13 break-point chances to defeat third-seeded Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour, 15 minutes at the National Tennis Center in Beijing.

The victory set up a quarter-final on the Moon Court this afternoon against Zimbabwe’s Cara Black and Sania Mirza of India, the eighth seeds who defeated Chan’s younger sister, Chan Hao-ching, in the final of the Pan Pacific Open doubles tournament in Tokyo on Saturday.

Hsieh and her partner, Peng Shuai of China, are to face sixth-seeded US pairing Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears on center court tonight.

In the women’s singles matches, world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska powered her way through to the last 16 with a convincing victory over US teenager Madison Keys.

The Polish third seed took 1 hour, 15 minutes to claim a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the 18-year-old, who is tipped as one of the rising stars in women’s tennis.

Radwanska, a previous winner in Beijing in 2011, beat Keys at Wimbledon during the summer, and praised her opponent after their meeting at the National Tennis Center.

“I think she’s one of the youngest talented players coming out,” she told reporters after the second-round match.

Andrea Petkovic continued her stunning form at the tournament by dumping out former Roland Garros winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in their second-round match.

The German, who is ranked 43, took just more than two hours to claim victory over the 25th-ranked Russian, a previous winner in Beijing in 2006 and 2009.

Petkovic’s victory over the 2009 French Open singles champion follows her stunning first-round defeat of second seed and current Beijing champion Victoria Azarenka.

The 26-year-old said claiming the scalps of both the Belarussian and Kuznetsova had given her a massive confidence boost.

“This is the first tournament that I’ve been able to really keep up my intensity and keep up my focus. I think I played two good matches,” she said. “For me, just personally, it’s really important to see that I can still beat the players on the top level, two past Grand Slam champions.”

Eighth seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia booked her place in the last 16 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva, while Slovenia’s Polona Hercog defeated 14th seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-4.

In the men’s tournament, eighth-seed American John Isner beat Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, while Australia’s former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt fell in a 6-0, 6-2 rout to Fabio Fognini.

The Italian will face second seed Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals if the Spaniard beats Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in their match, to be played yesterday evening.

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