Chang Kai-chen advances to quarters

By Tony Phillips  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

Fri, Nov 02, 2012 - Page 20

Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen made it through to the quarter-finals of the Taipei WTA Ladies Open after a 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 victory over Caroline Garcia of France at the Taipei Arena yesterday.

Chang now faces a tough match today against second seed and world No. 54 Olga Govortsova of Belarus, who beat 17-year-old Russian Irina Khromacheva 6-4, 6-2.

Meanwhile, Misaki Doi of Japan, the No. 7 seed, beat 483rd-ranked Taiwanese qualifier Hsu Wen-hsin 6-2, 6-3 to leave Chang as the sole home player left in the singles competition.

Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas continued her good form by thrashing Varatchaya Wongteanchai of Thailand 6-1, 6-0 in only 57 minutes. On Wednesday Diyas knocked out top seed and 2010 champion Peng Shuai of China in straight sets.

The Kazakhstani’s dominance was such that she did not face a break point, and her serving, which proved potent against Peng, continued to impress, with 80 percent of her first serves landing in.

Next up for the 19-year-old is Kurumi Nara of Japan, who beat Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn in three sets on Wednesday.

Today’s other singles clash pits Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm against promising French teenager Kristina Mladenovic.

In the doubles yesterday, Taiwan’s Chan Chin-wei and Date-Krumm beat Taiwanese pair Hsu Ching-wen and Lee Ya-hsuan 6-3, 6-2, while Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching and Mladenovic defeated Wongteanchai and Thai compatriot Luksika Kumkhum 6-3, 6-4.

Taiwanese duo Kao Shao-yuan and Lee Hua-chen beat Julia Glushko of Israel and Zheng Saisai of China 7-6 (7/2), 2-6, 11-9.