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Hau Lung-bin gives blessings to golfer Yani Tseng

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter, in SINGAPORE

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday met Taiwanese golfer Yani Tseng (曾雅妮) in Singapore, giving the women’s world No. 1 player his blessings and saying he expects her to maintain her good form during the HSBC Women’s Champions that starts today in Singapore.

Tseng took over the No. 1 ranking after winning back-to-back -Ladies European Tour events, first the Australian Open and then the Australian Ladies Masters title last weekend. If she wins in Singapore it will be her fourth successive tournament victory.

Taking the opportunity to meet Tseng during his inspection tour of a public housing project in Singapore, Hau said he had met her on several occasions since she turned professional in 2007 and that her persistence and courage should serve as a model for younger generations.

“We bring best wishes and snacks you love from your hometown, and I am confident that you will continue to shine on the world stage and bring pride to Taiwan,” he said at Swissotel Stamford Hotel.

Receiving a bouquet of pink roses and a bag of Taiwanese snacks from the mayor, Tseng expressed her excitement at seeing the mayor and Taiwanese media before the four-day tournament gets underway and said she was well prepared despite the challenge of high temperatures in Singapore.

“I am fully prepared and there’s no stress. I am very relaxed, and with the blessings and confidence you all gave me, I believe I will have a great performance on the course,” she said.

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