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Chan sisters survive wobble to advance in Taipei

SECOND-SET SCARE:The Chan sisters beat Sharon Fichman and Luksika Kumkhum 6-1, 3-6, 10-3, while Chang Kai-chen and Chuang Chia-jung ousted the third seeds

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Chuang Chia-jung, rear, serves to Chan Chin-wei of Taiwan and Liang Chen of China as her partner Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan stands at the net in their OEC Taipei WTA Challenger doubles quarter-final at the Taipei Arena yesterday.

Photo: Wang Yi-song

Top-seeded Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan survived a second-set wobble to advance to the quarter-finals of the doubles competition at the OEC Taipei WTA Challenger at the Taipei Arena yesterday.

The Taiwanese duo saved three of five break-point chances and converted three of seven to defeat Sharon Fichman of Canada and Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand 6-1, 3-6, 10-3 in the final first-round doubles match to be played.

The No. 1 seeds are due to face Chinese pairing Wang Yafan and Zhu Lin in the quarter-finals today, while Taiwan’s Hsieh Shu-ying and Xu Yi-fan of China meet Chinese duo Han Xinyun and Zhang Kai-lin.

Chan Yung-jan is also facing a singles quarter-final against fourth seed Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia on Center Court this afternoon.

Earlier yesterday in the doubles quarter-finals, Taiwanese duo Chang Kai-chen and Chuang Chia-jung caused an upset by ousting third seeds Chan Chin-wei of Taiwan and Liang Chen of China 6-4, 6-3.

Chang and Chuang saved one of the three break-point chances they faced and converted five of 11 to wrap up the win in 1 hour, 10 minutes on Court 1, after the match was moved from Center Court due to a marathon round-two singles match.

The Taiwanese duo are due to face second seeds Arina Rodionova of Australia and Olga Savchuk of Ukraine in the semi-finals after they advanced with 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 10-3 victory over Taiwan’s Lee Ya-hsuan and Tadeja Majeric of Slovenia in the earlier quarter-final.

In the second round of the singles, top seed Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany defeated Shahar Peer of Israel 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to set up a quarter-final against Poland’s Magda Linette, who upset seventh seed Wang Qiang of China 7-6 (9/7), 6-2.

Romanian qualifier Ana Bogdan defeated China’s Wang 6-3, 6-3 and next faces third seed Zheng Saisai of China in the quarter-finals after the world No. 97 rallied from a terrible first set to beat Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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