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Taiwanese tennis player still has Olympic chance

2012/06/17 16:29:53

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis player Hsieh Su-wei was defeated by Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in the quarterfinals of the AEGON Classic Saturday in Birmingham in the United Kingdom, but still has the chance of a place in the singles' main draw of the 2012 London Olympics.

Hsieh, ranked No. 65 in the world, failed to qualify for the Olympics, in which the world's top 62 female players are selected to compete based on their rankings as of June 11. However, according to the Olympics criteria, each country can select a maximum of four male players and four female players to play in the singles.

Based on this, Hsieh is likely to be given a spot.

Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun has automatically been entered into the men's singles draw.

Saturday's matches, which took place in the United Kingdom, were halted by rain. Hsieh failed to maintain her momentum of the first set after the game resumed and lost to the 54-ranked Makarova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Nevertheless, Hsieh and Timea Babos of Hungary beat Britain's Laura Robson and Heather Watson in the first round of the women's doubles and will face Vladimira Uhlirova of Czech Republic and Natalie Grandin of South Africa in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan and her sister, Chan Hao-ching, were defeated by Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears of the United States in the quarterfinals of the women's doubles.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Nell Shen)