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Hsieh Su-wei, Chan sisters book places in semi-finals

ALL-TAIWANESE FINAL?Hsieh and Peng Shuai may meet the Chan sisters in the final in Montreal if they can beat Cara Black and Sania Mirza, and Sarra Errani and Roberta Vinci

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and sisters Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan won their respective Rogers Cup doubles quarter-finals on Friday to keep alive hopes of a possible all-Taiwanese showdown in today’s final in Montreal.

Second seeds Hsieh and her partner, Peng Shuai of China, saved three of six break-point chances and converted four of seven to edge fifth-seeded Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in 1 hour, 37 minutes.

Hsieh and Peng now have a 3-0 record against the Russians, including in the final of last year’s WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, and just like the other two matches, Friday’s was tight.

Makarova served for the first set at 6-5, but the cross-strait pairing broke and took the set in the tiebreak. Then 5-4 down in the second set, Hsieh and Peng won three straight games to close out their 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 victory and set up a semi-final against Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Sania Mirza of India.

The fourth seeds are in form after dropping just three points on their first serve in their 6-2, 6-1 rout of sixth-seeded US duo Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in just 53 minutes.

The other semi-final is to see the Chan sisters take on top-seeded Italian pairing Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

On Friday, the Chan sisters amazingly fought off all 14 break-point chances they faced and converted three of nine en route to a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in 1 hour, 16 minutes.

Errani and Vinci saved two of five break-point chances and converted three of four to record their 40th win of the season over Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 3-6, 10-1 in 1 hour, 2 minutes and reach their first Rogers Cup semi-final in five attempts.

Although the Taiwanese sisters start as the underdogs against the Italians, they did win their one previous encounter in straight sets in the semi-finals of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, England, in June.

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