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Promising Taiwanese tennis player qualifies for Challenger event

2018/12/31 19:50:10

Photo courtesy of Tseng Yu-te

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) Tseng Chun-hsin (曾俊欣), Taiwan's junior tennis ace, beat Michael Look of Australia on Monday to qualify for the main draw of an ATP Challenger event in Australia.

The 17-year-old Taiwanese, who is the top ranked junior in the world but is turning pro this year, cruised past Look 6-1, 6-4 in the US$81,240 2019 City of Playford Tennis International.

He will play another Australian opponent, Aleksandar Vukic, in the opening round of the main singles draw on Tuesday.

Tseng has had a stellar year in 2018, winning back-to-back junior Grand Slam singles titles at the French Open and Wimbledon and reaching the junior finals of the Australian Open and junior semifinals of the US Open, results that led him to turn pro.

He also won three Futures tournaments in Vietnam, Portugal and Taiwan, earning him enough ranking points to catapult himself into the top 500. He is ranked 486th in the world in the latest ATP rankings.

ATP Tour events are the top-tier professional men's tournaments, followed by Challenger and Futures events.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin)