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Taiwanese women's duo advances to 2nd round of French Open

2012/05/30 22:40:39

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan and her younger sister Chan Hao-ching, teaming up for the first time in a Grand Slam event, took their opponents by storm with 6-3, 6-2 win in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday.

The Chans dominated the match from the start, with 80 percent first-serve percentage and 71 percent first-serve winning percentage in the first set compared with their opponents' 55 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

Overall, the Taiwanese pair has a first-serve percentage of 76 percent and 68 percent first-serve winning percentage, higher than the 62 percent and 51 percent, respectively, of their opponents, Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Katalin Marosi of Hungary.

The Taiwanese duo had 10 break points opportunities and broke five times. They also saved two of the four break points faced.

With just 71 minutes on clay, the sisters advanced into the second round of women's doubles at Roland Garros. They will face Vladimira Uhlirova of Czech and South African Natalie Grandin.

Chan Yung-jan, 22, ranked 63rd in doubles, said on her Facebook page that the victory was "extraordinarily meaningful" to both her and her sister.

"Although competing together in a Grand Slam event has always been our goal, we didn't realize this day had arrived so fast," she said.

She said after the match that she realized how much her sister has grown and matured mentally. "No matter how far we can go in the French Open, we have moved a huge step forward and I look forward to all our future matches," she said.

Eighteen-year-old Chan Hao-ching, who won four doubles titles last year and is currently ranked 78th in doubles, is one step closer to her goal this year of achieving the rank of 50.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Chuang Chia-jung and her Russian partner Vera Dushevina also advanced to the second round after their opponents Polona Hercog of Slovenia and Urszula Radwanska of Poland retired from the match.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Jamie Wang)
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