Sisters Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) on Sunday won the women’s doubles final of the WTA Western & Southern Open Premier tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The unseeded Taiwanese pair beat No. 4 seeds French Open runner-up Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in two sets, winning the match 7-5, 6-4 and taking home US$141,600 in prize money.
The title is their most significant win as a doubles pair in the seven years they have been playing together professionally. It also means that Chan Yung-jan could now move into the top 15 of the world rankings for women’s doubles.
The final was far from a walkover for the sisters. They failed to convert two break points in the fourth game of the first set, when they themselves were broken, obliging them to fight back from 2-4 and 3-5 down.
However, the sisters dug deep and staged an impressive comeback, breaking serve in the 10th and 12th games to take four games in succession and win the first set 7-5.
Both pairs fought hard in the second set and, despite getting five break points in the second and fourth games, the Chans again failed to convert. However, they managed to survive three break points in the fifth and seventh games.
The Chans and Dellacqua and Shvedova managed to win their own service games until the 10th game, when the sisters finally got their sixth break point of the set — and first match point.
The Chans succeeded in breaking serve, securing their victory by winning the second set 6-4.
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