Los Angeles, July 21 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis player Chan Yung-jan was defeated by first-seeded Marion Bartoli of France in the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Carlsbad, California on Saturday.
Chan, who is ranked 161st in the world, lost to Bartoli 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, at the Mercury Insurance Open, ending her hopes of advancing to the finals.
The Taiwanese player took the first set with ease but struggled in the later sets as Bartoli broke several of her serves.
Chan, 22, failed to maintain the power she demonstrated Friday, when she scored a surprise win over former world champion Jelena Jankovic, 6-7(4-7), 7-6 (10-8), 7-5.
However, it was Chan's best performance in four years. She last entered the WTA semifinals in 2008 in Strasbourg, France.
In 2009, Chan faced Bartoli in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships and lost in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
She said her match Saturday against Bartoli was a close one in which Bartoli only started to gain the upper hand in the second set.
She also said her hard-fought match Friday against Jankovic had taken a toll on her and left her with a blister on her left toe, which affected her movements Saturday.
Nevertheless, Chan said, her performance at the Mercury Insurance Open helped her regained confidence after a gloomy year in which she failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
She said she started to gain confidence after a close win over Japanese Erika Sema in the qualifying round at the Mercury Insurance Open, trailing 0-4 at one point in the final set.
Chan is scheduled to return to Taiwan soon and may head to Montreal and Cincinnati after to prepare for the U.S. Open, which is scheduled Aug. 27-Sept. 9 in New York.
Meanwhile, Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand will compete in the women's doubles of the semi-finals Saturday at the Mercury Insurance Open.
(By Oscar Wu and Ann Chen)