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Three local tennis players confirmed for London Olympics

2012/06/27 17:03:28

Taipei, June 27 (CNA) Two Taiwanese tennis players have been entered for the main draw of the London Olympics singles, while a pair received a wild card in the women's doubles, according to the final entry list released by the International Tennis Federation late Tuesday.

The country's top men's player, Lu Yen-hsun, currently ranked 56th in the world, and fellow player Hsieh Su-wei, 63rd, are among the 128 Olympic contestants in the men's and women's singles, respectively.

Hsieh will also pair up with Chuang Chia-jung in the women's doubles, in which 32 teams will play.

According to Olympic rules, only the top 66 male players in the world are chosen to participate, while female players need to have a world ranking of 62 or better to play.

Hsieh was given a spot because each country can select a maximum of four female players to play in the singles event. As some countries have more than four players in the top 62, this means that some spots were left open for lower-ranked players.

"Everything is worth it!" Hsieh said excitedly in a Facebook post about being able to play in her first Olympic Games.

Hsieh, the only one of four local players to advance to the second round of Wimbledon, was scheduled to play against world No. 75 Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France later in the day at the All-England club.

Lu, who will be representing Taiwan at the Olympics for the third time, had his best showing in the 2008 Beijing Games, when he upset Britain's Andy Murray in the first round and made it as far as the third.

Lu's older brother, Lu Wei-ju, told reporters earlier this month that Lu was hoping to take advantage of the grass courts -- his favored playing surface -- at the Olympics.

Lu is one of the first Asian players since 1995 to have made it into the Wimbledon quarterfinals, a feat he achieved in 2010. But this year, the 28-year-old did not even reach the second round of the grand slam event.

(By Kendra Lin)