Taiwan’s Chan sisters are to contest two of the finals at the US Open in New York after Chan Yung-jan and Martina Hingis on Friday advanced to the final of the women’s doubles, while younger sister Chan Hao-ching and Michael Venus claimed a berth in the mixed doubles final.
Second seeds Chan and Hingis ousted fourth seeds Sania Mirza of India and Peng Shuai of China 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour, 27 minutes on Grandstand Court at Flushing Meadows.
The Taiwanese-Swiss duo saved eight of 10 break points and converted four of seven, hitting 44 winners to set up a final against seventh seeds Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova, who upset fellow Czechs and third seeds Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-2, 7-5 in 1 hour, 33 minutes.
“It was a tough one,” Hradecka told the WTA Web site. “It’s never easy in the semis or even the first round to play fellow Czechs, but I think we’re happy to make it through in two sets because the second set we lost momentum. Maybe that was my mistake because I called the physio after the first set. That might have made us less awake and caused a few mistakes.”
Chan and Hingis claimed their first title as a pairing when they defeated the Czech duo in the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells, California, in March and Hradecka was looking for revenge.
“It will be a tough match, but we know each other and we’ve played well in all the matches we’ve played against them,” Hradecka said. “We might not have finished them as well, so I think we’ll be even more hungry to win on Sunday.”
In the mixed doubles semi-finals, Chan Hao-ching and Venus took 1 hour, 11 minutes to see off Anastasia Rodionova of Australia and Oliver Marach of Austria 6-1, 7-6 (8/6).
The third seeds saved three of six break points and won five of 10, hitting 32 winners to set up a final against top seeds and reigning Wimbledon champions Hingis and Jamie Murray of Britain, who ousted Coco Vanderweghe of the US and Horia Tecau of Romania 6-4, 7-6 (10/8) in 1 hour, 30 minutes.
“I told Jamie he carried me pretty much throughout the match for a set and a half. I got broken [at 4-3 in the second set] and said: ‘Maybe it’s really time to play now.’ He did great,” Hingis told the tournament Web site. “There’s nothing nicer than actually fighting to be in the final, so I’m pretty happy we managed to get through.”
A sudden shortage of locks in Australian rugby union has opened the door for Matt Philip to reclaim his Wallabies jersey, but the Melbourne Rebels player says that the uncertainties wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have left him with a difficult choice. The Australian yesterday named Philip among 16 Rebels players either set to leave the Super Rugby club or seriously considering it, underscoring the challenge Rugby Australia faces to retain talent. Linked with a move to Section Paloise Bearn Pyrenees, commonly referred to as Pau, in France’s Top 14, Philip said that he had yet to settle his playing future, and
When Chinese Super League club Tianjin Tianhai surprisingly thrashed Rafael Benitez’s Dalian Yifang 5-1 to stay in the league in November last year, disgruntled fans were quick to allege corruption — the legacy of a murky past that exploded into scandal 10 years ago. Benitez, who led Liverpool to the 2005 UEFA Champions League title, was perplexed by one of the heaviest defeats of his coaching career, saying: “This is a game that I don’t quite understand.” Despite fan complaints to the Chinese Football Association (CFA), no case was brought and there is no evidence of wrongdoing. However, the haste with which some
As professional soccer returned to Denmark, fans used Zoom to be part of the action. Thousands of Danish soccer fans on Thursday logged on to the conferencing software and were transported to Ceres Park for a league match between AGF and Randers that heralded the resumption of the nation’s pandemic-affected soccer season. While the stadium itself was without fans, the faces of thousands of supporters who joined the Zoom call were shown on giant screens that ran along one side of the pitch. Families wearing club shirts and scarves cheered inside their living rooms. Some were seen clenching their fists in joy after
It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a soccer country? That is the question that some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbors work to bring the sport back after the COVID-19 shutdown. Debate has raged ever since Ligue 1 decided in late April to bring a premature end to the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed. By contrast, two weeks have passed since the Bundesliga restarted, while Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday confirmed that Serie A would return on June 20, and La Liga and the English Premier