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Chans find Nottingham a happy hunting ground

SHOWDOWN:Chan Chin-wei advanced to the Aegon Open doubles semi-finals, while Chan Yung-jan faces fellow Taiwanese Chuang Chia-jung in the quarter-finals

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Second seeds Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan and Zheng Jie of China pose for a photograph after their Aegon Open first-round doubles match in Nottingham, England, on Wednesday.

Photo: screen grab from Facebook

Chan Chin-wei advanced to the semi-finals of the doubles at the Aegon Open in Nottingham, England, yesterday, while fellow Taiwanese Chan Hao-ching failed to join elder sister Chan Yung-jan in the quarter-finals of the grass-court tournament.

Chan Chin-wei and Xu Yi-fan of China upset fourth seeds Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Lisa Raymond of the US 6-2, 6-4 in just 57 minutes on Court 4 at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

The cross-strait duo saved three of the four break-point chances they faced and converted four of five, winning 56 of the 96 points contested to make surprisingly short work of the fourth seeds at the grass-court tournament.

Chan Chin-wei and Xu next face either top-seeded US duo Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears or Shuko Aoyama of Japan and Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic, who were due to play their quarter-final later yesterday.

Third seeds Chan Hao-ching and Alla Kudryavtseva crashed out in the final first-round match to be played in Nottingham.

The Taiwanese-Russian duo fell to a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) loss to Monica Niculescu of Romania and Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain in 1 hour, 35 minutes.

The third seeds saved five of nine break-point chances and converted three of six, but it was not enough as the Romanian-Spanish pairing advanced to a quarter-final against British duo Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith.

Second seeds Chan Yung-jan and Zheng Jie of China advanced to the quarter-finals late on Wednesday after a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Darija Jurak of Croatia in 1 hour, 5 minutes.

The cross-strait pairing saved two of seven break-point opportunities and converted seven of 11, winning 63 of the 110 points contested.

In the quarters, Chan Yung-jan and Zheng face Taiwan’s Chuang Chia-jung and Olga Savchuk of Ukraine, who beat Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Alicja Rosolska of Poland 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday.

In the second round of the singles, YaninaWickmayer of Belgium cruised in to the quarter-finals yesterday, while British wild-card Johanna Konta had to battle back from a set down to advance.

Wickmayer defeated Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-0, 6-4 in 1 hour, 7 minutes, while Konta rallied to a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in a match that lasted 2 hours, 19 minutes.

They joined fifth seed Alison Riske of the US, fellow American Lauren Davis and Niculescu, who all advanced to the quarter-finals of the singles on Wednesday.

Riske defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of of Croatia 6-3, 6-4, Davis fought back to oust Magda Linette of Poland 5-7, 7-6 (15/13), 6-2 and Niculescu also rallied from a set down to beat qualifier Olga Govortsova of Belarus 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.

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