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Latisha Chan pair loses, still tops world women's doubles ranking

2018/08/13 15:25:44

Photo taken from Chan's Facebook.

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis ace Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and partner Ekaterina Makarova of Russia were overcome by their opponents in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada Sunday (local time), but Chan will still hold the world No. 1 ranking in women's doubles -- for just a week or two.

Chan is giving up the Cincinnati Open, in which the women's doubles begin Aug. 14, for the Asian Games that open in Indonesia Aug. 19. So her top ranking, to be made official later Monday, will likely last only until next week.

In the Montreal final, the Taiwanese-Russian team won their first set 6-4 against Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands, who staged a comeback 3-6 and 8-10 in two straight sets.

"Unfortunately we didn't win the title this week, but it was only 2 points away from us, congrats to our opponents, it was a really good match, we all gave our best out there," Chan wrote on her Facebook page.

"But this is only the first tournament for me and Katia playing as a team, and we are both really positive and happy with the result for the start, looking forward for more tournaments in the future," she added.

Although Chan had to give up a chance to win 900 points from Cincinnati, she said it was "a tremendous honor for me to attend the Asian Games" where she vowed to "do my best to get the best result," she continued.

Chan advanced to the semifinals in the 2014 Rogers Cup, and this year for the first time, she advanced to the finals, her record best, with which she picked up enough points to rise to the top ranking in women's doubles.

The 28-year-old moved up to second in the doubles rankings after winning the doubles with Czech veteran Kveta Peschke in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Aug. 5.

She takes the top spot this week from Timea Babos of Hungary after Babos lost her quarterfinal match in Montreal.

(By Lee Chin-wei and S.C. Chang)
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