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Hsieh, Chan advance to US Open third round

Staff writer, with CNA

Chan Yung-Jan of Taiwan, right, and Ross Hutchins of the UK speak during their mixed doubles match against Melanie Oudin and Rajeev Ram at the US Open on Saturday in New York.

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Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Chinese partner Peng Shuai advanced to the third round of the women’s doubles at the US Open on Saturday in New York.

The duo, seeded at No. 2, defeated Darija Jurak of Croatia and Megan Moulton-Levy of the US 6-4, 6-2.

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan and her partner Ross Hutchins of the UK advanced to the third round of the mixed doubles later on Saturday.

The duo defeated their US rivals Melanie Oudin and Rajeev Ram 6-2, 2-6, 13-11.

Despite the Hsieh-Peng duo’s success in grabbing three championships this year, including the French Open in June, they have confirmed that the Grand Slam event in New York will likely mark the end of their partnership, which began in 2009, if they fail to make it to the season-long “Road to Singapore” campaign.

Commenting on the news of the impending split of the celebrated pairing, Taiwan’s top male tennis player Lu Yen-hsun said he feels it is a pity, but he hopes both players will find new partners soon, he said.

Lu and his Czech partner Jiri Vesely saw their own setback Friday, when they failed to advance to the men’s third round at the US Open after losing to 6th-seeded Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6(3), 6-3.

Lu said that he had scheduled too many games, which had an impact on his ability to maintain his top physical condition. He said he would learn from this year’s lesson and will focus on just men’s singles next year.

The US Open, one of the Grand Slam tournaments, continues through Monday next week in New York.

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