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Taiwan players made Australia Open women doubles third round

2011/01/21 18:14:28

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei and Chuang Chia-jungupset higher-ranked opponents while Chan Yung-jan cruised to a winwith her Polish partner as both teams advanced to the third round ofthe women's doubles Friday at the Australian Open.

Veteran doubles specialists Hsieh and Chuang beat the 13th-seededRussian pair of Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonereva 6-2, 6-2 to set upan encounter with unseeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland andAnna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany.

Schnyder and Groenefeld knocked out the fourth-seeded Spanish duoof Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in thesecond round.

Hsieh and Chuang, considered along with Chan to be Taiwan's mostaccomplished female doubles players, have teamed up in many events onthe women's tour but have never partnered in a Grand Slam event.

Chan and Agnieszka Radwanska breezed past the Swedish duo SofiaArvidsson and Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2.

The three women are hoping that Melbourne will prove lucky forthem again after having made strong runs there in the women's doublesin previous years.

Chan and Chuang were finalists in the event in 2007 andsemifinalists a year later, while Chan and Hsieh teamed up to reachthe third round of the year's first Grand Slam in 2009.

On the men's side, world No. 37 Lu Yen-hsun, who lost his openinground singles match on Monday, had his stay in Melbourne end Fridayafter losing in the second round of the men's doubles.

Lu and German partner Rainer Schuettler lost 6-2, 6-3 to thefifth-seeded Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

In the mixed doubles first round, Chuang Chia-jung teamed up withBelgium Dick Norman for a 6-3, 3-6, 13-11 victory over Australia'sAlicia Molik and Peter Luczak.

Aside from Lu, the only other Taiwanese player entered in a mainsingles draw of the Australian Open -- Chang Kai-chen on the woman'sside -- was also eliminated in the first round.

(By Chris Wang)