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Taiwanese tennis player advances in London tournament

2012/06/14 14:31:36

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun progressed to the third round of the AEGON Championships at Queen's Club in London Wednesday after coming from behind to defeat 16th-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7).

After a hard-fought three-set grass court win a day earlier, Lu played another tough and tight three-set battle, all of which went to a tie-breaker in a match that lasted for nearly three hours against the world No. 56 Karlovic, to set himself up for a third-round encounter with third seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.

Karlovic, known for his huge serves, fired 35 aces compared with Lu's six, but Lu did his best to hold the service games and broke his opponent whenever he had the opportunity.

This is the second time Lu has made it to the third round at Queen's. The last time was back in 2004, when he beat world No. 3 Guillermo Coria in the second round. Lu hopes to break his record this year and advance further in the tournament.

Later in the day, Lu teamed up with Sam Querrey of the United States in the first round of the men's doubles against Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick, but lost to the pair 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (3-7). Both Hewitt and Roddick had already crashed out in the first and second rounds, respectively, of the men's singles.

Meanwhile, Lu's countrywoman, Hsieh Shu-wei, took down Alexandra Panova of Russia 6-4, 6-2 to move forward to the third round of the AEGON Classic, a ladies' event taking place in Birmingham. The event's top two seeds --former Grand Slam winner Francesca Shiavone of Italy and defending champion Sabine Lisicki -- were sent packing on the same day.

In the doubles category, Taiwanese duo Chan Yung-jan and her younger sister Chan Hao-ching advanced to the second round after eliminating Polish pair Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Alicja Rosolska 6-2, 6-4.

(By Kendra Lin)