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Taiwan's Chan sisters move into third round of French Open

2012/06/01 22:35:50

Taipei, June 1 (CNA) Taiwanese sisters Chan Yung-jan and Chan Hao-ching advanced to the third round of the women's doubles at the French Open Thursday with a relatively comfortable straight-set victory.

The Chans, teaming up for the first time in a Grand Slam event, defeated Natalie Grandin of South Africa and Vladimira Uhlirova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4.

Their next opponent will be the winner of the match between Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia and Saisai Zheng of China and sixth-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, which was scheduled for later Friday.

The Chan sisters rolled off the final four games of the first set after a tense start, but the momentum did not carry over to the second set, when they found themselves quickly behind 3-1.

They won the next four games, however, and then, after Grandin and Uhlirova held serve to pull within 5-4, the Chans closed out the 77-minute match.

The sisters kept the pressure on their opponents, earning 11 break-point opportunities and converting five of them, and they won 66 percent of the points in which they got their first serve in, compared with only 47 percent for their opponents.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei and her partner Timea Babos of Hungary were ousted from the women's doubles by fourth-seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-2 in a second round match Thursday.

Taiwan's Chuang Chia-jung and her partner Vera Dushevina of Russia were scheduled to play 11th-seeded Spaniards Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja in a second round match later Friday.

There are no Taiwanese players left in the singles draws of the French Open.

Lu Yen-hsun lost in the first round of the men's singles in a five-set heartbreaker, and in women's singles, Hsieh Su-wei and Chang Kai-chen lost in the first round and Chan Yung-jan was knocked out in the second round.

(By Lung Po-an and Jamie Wang)