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Taiwanese Chan Hao-ching eliminated from Australian Open

2018/01/23 11:41:59

Photo taken from Chan Hao-ching's (詹皓晴) official Facebook page

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) Any hope that Taiwan's Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) may have had of winning a title at the Australian Open this year ended Tuesday after she was ousted from the mixed doubles.

Chan and partner Michael Venus of New Zealand, finalists at the U.S. Open in 2017 and seeded seventh in Melbourne, were beaten decisively by Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain and Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil 6-2, 6-1 in just 45 minutes.

Chan and Venus took a 2-1 lead in the first set but were thoroughly outplayed after that, taking just one more game in the match and never getting the score to deuce in any of the remaining 11 games they lost.

The defeat came a day after Chan and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia were eliminated from the women's doubles after losing a round of 16 match to Chan's sister, Latisha Chan (詹詠然), and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in straight sets.

The only Taiwanese left in main draws at the Australian Open are Latisha Chan and Hsieh Su-wei, both in the women's doubles.

Chan and Hlavackova, the top seeds, were facing fifth seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France and Hsieh and Peng Shuai of China, seeded eighth in Melbourne, were taking on fourth seeds Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in quarterfinals battles later Tuesday.

(By Lung Po-an and Kuan-lin Liu)