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Taiwan’s hopes dashed in Stanford

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AP, STANFORD, California

Varvara Lepchenko of the US serves to Mona Barthel of Germany at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California, on Friday.

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Taiwanese hopes were ended at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California, on Friday when Chan Chin-wei was ousted by the second seeds in the final doubles quarter-final.

Chan and Darija Jurak of Croatia were beaten 6-3, 7-5 by Spanish duo Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja in 1 hour, 12 minutes.

The second seeds saved two of four break points and converted four of 12, winning 65 of the 118 points contested to advance to a semi-final against third seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Alicja Rosolska of Poland.

In the quarter-finals of the singles, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic advanced to the semi-finals, beating Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-4.

The 11th-ranked Pliskova is set to make her debut in the top 10 when the new rankings are released tomorrow.

“It has always been a goal of mine to be top 10 and I finally achieved it, but in the big picture of tennis, I still have to go on the court and play well. The girls do not care if I am 10 or 11,” Pliskova said.

Only world No. 1 Serena Williams, who withdrew from Stanford with an elbow injury, has more wins (40-1) than Pliskova (38-14) this year and the fourth-seeded Czech player snapped a tie with Williams for most aces on the tour. Pliskova has 361 to Serena’s 352.

Pliskova was to yesterday face Varvara Lepchenko of the US. The 60th-ranked Lepchenko beat Mona Barthel of Germany 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3.

“There have been a lot of surprises this week,” Pliskova said. “The seeded players have been struggling and the draw is open for anyone. A lot of girls are playing well and my next match will be tough.”

Pliskova is to become the eighth Czech woman to be ranked in the top 10 since the current system was introduced in 1975, and three Czech women are to be among the top 10 for the first time in WTA history.

Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina advanced with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over American Alison Riske.

“I was struggling and trying to push myself,” Svitolina said. “It was important to react fast and open the angles.”

Riske was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set when Svitolina rallied.

“When I was down 4-5, I said to myself: ‘Hit the ball and wait for your chance,’” Svitolina said. “That helped lead me to victory.”

Svitolina is to play No. 14 Angelique Kerber of Germany, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 winner over No. 7 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

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