Fri, Mar 13, 2015 - Page 20 News List

Chan Hao-ching crashes out in California

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, INDIAN WELLS, California

Heather Watson of Great Britain returns to Julia Goerges of Germany during their first-round match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, on Wednesday.

Photo: EPA

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching crashed out of the first round of the women’s doubles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, on Wednesday.

Chan, ranked 33rd in the world in doubles, and former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic were ousted by German duo Sabine Lisicki and Andrea Petkovic, despite fighting back from a set down to force a super tiebreak.

The Taiwanese-Serbian pairing fell to a 6-1, 6-7 (4/7), 10-5 defeat in 1 hour, 26 minutes at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Chan and Jankovic saved three of six break-point chances, but they failed to convert any of the nine they created, while serving up six double faults to exit the tournament on the first day.

Fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei and Chuang Chia-jung were due to begin their women’s doubles campaigns yesterday.

Hsieh, the world No. 6, was due to team up with new partner Flavia Pennetta for the first time. The Taiwanese-Italian duo, seeded fourth, were due to take on Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia.

Hsieh’s former partner, Sania Mirza, and her new partner, former world No. 1 Martina Hingis of Switzerland, are the top seeds at Indian Wells.

Chuang, the world No. 68, and Silvia Soler Espinosa of Spain were due to face a tough first-round match against second-seeded Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

In the first round of the men’s singles, Taiwanese No. 1 Lu Yen-hsun, the world No. 59, has been drawn against world No. 58 Jack Sock of the US.

In the women’s singles on Wednesday, Monica Niculescu rolled over Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-1 to book a second-round clash with Serena Williams, as the American returns to Indian Wells this week after a 14-year hiatus.

Reigning Australian Open champion Williams is one of 32 seeded players who received a first-round bye at the joint ATP and WTA tournament in the California desert.

Top seed Williams is competing in the tournament for the first time since her self-imposed exile began in 2001. She claimed two singles titles in 1999 and 2001.

“It’s exciting,” Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic said of Williams’ return to the event. “Obviously, you want to compete against the best.”

It will mark the first career meeting between Williams and Romania’s Niculescu when they square off tomorrow.

“I don’t really know what to expect because we haven’t played before, but obviously I know she has a lot of power and I know I’m going to run a lot. I’m just going to play my game,” Niculescu said.

Four-time men’s champion Roger Federer arrived in Indian Wells on Wednesday less than 24 hours after competing in an exhibition match against Grigor Dimitrov at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Federer, who won his seventh title in Dubai earlier this month, begins his Indian Wells campaign with a second-round match against either Jerzy Janowicz or Diego Schwartzman.

The world No. 2 said he is hitting the ball well and is feeling good about his chances this week.

“I don’t feel like I have that many bad days anymore,” Federer said. “Maybe sometimes you come out and it’s not working. That’s something that happened very few times in the years where I was very dominant. Otherwise, I feel like I am playing very well.”

Federer said he was going to use the time before his first match to adjust to the playing surface.

“I was always going to come here and make sure the first few days I get used to the courts. I had a bit of a slow week last week after Dubai, so I think the next few days are going to be important for me,” he said.

This story has been viewed 3421 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top