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Taiwan's Chan joins Hingis at No. 1 in women's doubles

2017/10/23 20:05:15

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Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) climbed to the top spot in the latest Women's Tennis Association (WTA) world rankings for women's doubles released Monday, sharing world No. 1 honors with playing partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland.

The 28-year-old Chan was second in the rankings last week, but moved into a tie for the top spot with the 37-year-old Hingis at 9,970 points after the Swiss veteran lost 360 ranking points from October 2016 that she did not defend this year, according to WTA rankings data.

Two days earlier, the duo of Chan and Hingis were named the 2017 Doubles Team of the Year by the WTA after they won their ninth women's doubles title of the year at the China Open in Beijing on Oct. 8.

It was the first time a Taiwanese earned the honor from the WTA.

Chan began her professional career in 2004, playing singles and teaming up with Taiwanese Chuang Chia-jung (莊佳容) in doubles to form what eventually became known as the golden doubles team.

The duo made it to the finals of the Australian Open and U.S. Open in 2007, but failed to capture the title in both Grand Slam events. They were less successful in 2008, culminating in a second-round ouster at the Beijing Olympics where they were seeded third.

Chan then struggled on and off with injuries, losing much of 2011 and 2013 to an injury and a virus, but rebounded in early 2015 to get another shot at a Grand Slam title when she reached the final of the Australian Open with Zheng Jie (鄭潔) of China.

She suffered a gut-wrenching defeat, however, and a Grand Slam title remained as elusive as ever.

She then played more frequently with her sister Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴), but after their partnership stalled in late 2016 and early 2017, Chan Yung-jan jumped at the opportunity to partner with Hingis, one of the all-time greatest doubles players in the women's game.

It has been the most successful partnership of Chan Yung-jan's career. She has won more than US$1.39 million in prize money, eclipsing the previous record for Taiwanese tennis players of US$1.1 million set by Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) in 2013.

She also finally captured her first Grand Slam title when she and Hingis won the U.S. Open women's doubles title in September.

(By Tsai Chia-min and Elizabeth Hsu)