Taipei, June 2 (CNA) Roland Garros in Paris proved again to be a tough challenge for Taiwan's tennis players, as the last Taiwanese entrants in the main events of this year's French Open were eliminated Saturday.
First it was the country's top male player, Lu Yen-hsun, who was knocked out in the second round of the men's doubles with partner Go Soeda of Japan.
They lost to third seeds Michael Llodra from France and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 6-3, in a match in which they were broken three times and never forced a break point of their own.
Shortly thereafter in the women's doubles, Chan Yung-jan and her her younger sister Chan Hao-ching lost to sixth-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4.
Both teams had trouble holding their serves but the Chans, playing together in a Grand Slam event for the first time, appeared to have an opening in the second set when they broke to take a 4-3 lead.
But the Russians immediately pulled back and ran off the final three games to secure the match.
The French Open was not a complete loss for Taiwan's players, however.
Chan Yung-jan seemed to regain some form by fighting through the qualifiers and giving 26th-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova a difficult time in their second-round singles match, while Chang Kai-chen also came through the qualifiers to make the women's main singles draw.
But all eyes will be on Lu and countrywoman Hsieh Su-wei in the coming weeks to see if they will earn a spot in the singles draws at the London Olympics.
To be guaranteed of a spot, they will have to be ranked in the top 56 in the world on June 11. As of May 28, Lu was ranked 60th and Hsieh 64th.
Because only four players from each country can be selected for the Olympic singles draw, some higher ranked players may lose out in the numbers game, leaving spots for Lu and Hsieh even if they don't make the top 56.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)