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Chan in talks on new tennis partnership after Hingis retires

2017/10/27 14:59:37

Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然, left) and Martina Hingis

Singapore, Oct. 27 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis player Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) said Thursday that she is in talks to find a new doubles partner after her current partner, Martina Hingis of Switzerland, announced her retirement earlier in the day.

Chan said she has held talks with several players, but no final decision has been made.

"I am taking the world rankings of the candidates into consideration. I will also consider whether the future partner and I can develop a good personal rapport for cooperation," Chan said.

Chan said she was aware of Hingis' planned retirement before the Swiss player announced her intention to retire after the on-going BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore, which kicked off on Oct. 22 and will run through Sunday.

This is the third time Hingis has announced her retirement from professional tennis.

Chan and Hingis are the top-seeded woman's doubles pairing at the WTA Finals. On Thursday, the pair defeated sixth-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-2, in the quarterfinals.

The Taiwanese tennis player said she was very satisfied with the result on Thursday.

Chan said it is a great honor to be Hingis' last partner, adding that she is happy to have achieved so much this season and has many good memories of her partnership with Hingis.

Since their debut at the Qatar Total Open in February, Chan and Hingis have won nine of the 15 events they have entered and reached at least the quarter-finals in the six other tournaments.

Earlier this month, the pair won their ninth women's doubles title of this year at the China Open in Beijing.

After Chan and Hingis won the title at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in September, Hingis took back the title of World doubles No. 1, while Chan rose to World No. 2 in doubles, the highest ranking in her career.

Last week, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) named Chan and Hingis the 2017 Doubles Team of the Year. It is the first time a Taiwanese tennis player has earned such an honor. (Huang Tzu-Chiang and Frances Huang)