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Chan sisters ousted from Australian Open (update)

2019/01/22 16:09:43

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Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) saw their bid for a semifinal berth at the Australian Open dashed by unseeded Americans on Tuesday, and the younger sister was eliminated from the mixed doubles later in the day.

Seeded seventh in the women's doubles, the Chans lost to Alison Riske and Jennifer Brady 6-3, 7-6 (3) in a quarterfinal match in 83 minutes, unable to take advantage of key break points or a second-set advantage.

Quickly falling behind 4-2 in the first set, the Chans had three break points in the seventh game to pull the set back on serve, but could not capitalize.

In the second set, they jumped to a 4-1 lead, but a break by the Americans and another missed break opportunity by the Chans brought the set back to 4-4, and a poor tiebreaker ended the Taiwanese duo's hopes.

That left Chan Hao-ching, who was still alive in the mixed doubles event, as the only Taiwanese left in a main draw at the year's first Grand Slam event.

But her hopes of advancing deeper into the mixed doubles draw came to an end later Tuesday when she and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands lost to top seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Mate Pavic of Croatia 6-4, 6-3 in a second-round match.

(By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao)