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Chan and Hsu exit after a hard-fought semi-final

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AP, SEOUL

Taiwanese duo Chan Chin-wei and Hsu Chieh-yu lost a hard-fought semi-final at the Korea Open in Seoul yesterday to crash out of the tournament.

Chan and Hsu won the first set, but Mona Barthel of Germany and Mandy Minella of Luxembourg fought back to claim a 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 victory in the super tiebreak.

The Taiwanese pairing saved 15 of the 18 break-point chances they faced and converted three of five, but it was not enough to stop them from a suffering a tough loss in 1 hour, 21 minutes.

Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena and Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania are due to play Russia’s Maria Kirilenko and Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium in the other semi-final today.

In the quarter-finals of the singles, fifth seed Varvara Lepchenko upset defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-2.

Lepchenko faces Christina McHale of the US in the semis after fourth seed Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia retired in their quarter-final with McHale leading 6-2, 2-0.

Kirilenko also reached the semi-finals with a 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-3 win over sixth seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia and she faces second seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, who beat Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 6-4.

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