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Chuang Chia-jung advances to quarters

MIXED FORTUNES:Taiwan’s Chuang and her partner, Kateryna Bondarenko, beat Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska, but her compatriot Chan Chin-wei crashed out

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AP, TOKYO

Spain’s Garbine Muguruza serves to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their second-round match at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo yesterday.

Photo: AFP

Chuang Chia-jung advanced to the quarter-finals of the doubles at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo yesterday, but fellow Taiwanese Chan Chin-wei crashed out of the first round.

Chuang and Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine defeated Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Alicja Rosolska of Poland 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) in 1 hour, 20 minutes in their first-round clash at the Ariake Coliseum in the Japanese capital.

The Ukrainian-Taiwanese duo saved four of eight break points and converted six of 14, winning 65 of the 129 points contested to set up a quarter-final against Japanese wild-cards Misaki Doi and Kurumi Nara, who stunned top-seeded American pairing Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in their first-round match.

Today’s quarter-final is a chance for Chuang to avenge her semi-final defeat at the hands of the Japanese duo at the Japan Open in Tokyo last week.

Chan and Darija Jurak of Croatia fell to a 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in 1 hour, 27 minutes.

The east European pairing face third-seeded Spanish duo Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro on Court 1 today, after second-seeded Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan take on Olga Savchuk of Ukraine and Xu Yifan of China in their quarter-final.

In the singles yesterday, Muguruza of Spain beat Strycova 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open.

The third-seeded Muguruza saved 11 of 14 break points to dispatch of Strycova in 1 hour, 45 minutes at Ariake Coliseum and set up a quarter-final with eighth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

Bencic rallied to beat Samantha Stosur 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4.

It was Bencic’s first win against the Australian veteran who lost despite hitting 13 aces.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who received a first-round bye, beat Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh 6-2, 6-2.

KOREA OPEN

AFP, SEOUL

Slovakian second seed Anna Karolina Schmiedlova yesterday advanced to the quarter-final of the WTA Korea Open after a tough bout with Christina McHale of the US.

Schmiedlova, ranked 31st in the world, needed three sets to oust McHale 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck, seeded eighth, took a tiebreaker to win the third set against Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7/3).

Swedish veteran Johanna Larsson, ranked 62nd in the world, booked her place in the quarter-final with an upset victory over German seventh seed Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-4.

German fifth seed Mona Barthel crushed Mariana Duque of Colombia 6-2, 6-1.

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