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Chan happy to have been Hingis' last partner

2017/10/30 15:15:07

Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然/CNA file photo)

Singapore, Oct. 29 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis player Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) said she is happy to have been tennis legend Martina Hingis' last doubles partner during a special ceremony commemorating the Swiss player's long and illustrious career on Sunday.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) hosted a special celebration following the end of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore to honor Hingis who retired from tennis for the third and final time that day.

Chan, who has been Hingis' doubles partner throughout most of this year, presented the Swiss player with a bouquet of flowers.

Later that night, the Taiwanese player took to Facebook to express her heartfelt feelings about her partner. In the post, she calls Hingis her idol and the reason she is ranked number one in the women's doubles world rankings.

Calling Hingis inspirational, Chan wrote, "...she made me realize I can be a better player and dare to be that player."

Chan finished her post by paying tribute to everything the duo has accomplished, which includes winning nine of the 15 doubles events they entered and wishing Hingis "all the best" in the next chapter of her life after retirement.

The pair won the WTA title for 2017 Doubles Team of the Year after a successful run this year, which included winning a Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in September.

The last match Chan and Hingis played together was the semifinals at the BNP Paribas WTA Singapore. The top-seeded duo lost to Timea Babos of Hungary and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic.

Now that Hingis has retired, Chan is looking for a new partner and previously told reporters she has been in talks with several players but that no final decision has been made.

There have been no reports as to who those players might be.

(By Huang Tzu-chiang and Kuan-lin Liu)