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Taiwan's Chan advances to Australian tennis open mixed doubles final

2011/01/28 19:49:31

Taipei, Jan. 28 (CNA) Chan Yung-jan became the first Taiwaneseplayer to make the mixed doubles finals in a Grand Slam tennis eventFriday after teaming up with Australian Paul Hanley for acome-from-behind 2-1 semifinal victory in the 2010 Australian TennisOpen tournament.

The Chan-Hanley duo beat Bathanie Mattek-Sands of the UnitedStates and Horia Tecau of Romania 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 in 72 minutes.

Chan's record-setting win came after her 2-1 victory overcompatriot Chuang Chia-jung and Dick Norman of Belgium a day earlierhad equalled the best mixed doubles record established by HsiehShu-wei, who teamed with Zimbabwe's Kevin Ullyett to make the 2009U.S. Open semifinal.

Plagued by eight unforced errors, Chan and Hanley gave up thefirst set in 28 minutes before regaining their rhythm and taking thesecond set 6-3. They had five winners, including two timely aces, ina hard-fought third set.

The 21-year-old Chan, ranked No. 119 in women's singles and No.18 in women's doubles in the world, and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska,lost in the women's doubles third round to Russian duo VictoriaAzarenka and Maria Kirilenko. Chan did not make the women's singlesmain draw this year, losing in the third round of the qualifyingsingles.

Chan and Hanley's opponents in the finals will be thesecond-seeded duo Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Daniel Nestor ofCanada, who defeated third-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia and NenadZimonjic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5 in the other semifinal match.

(By Chris Wang)