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Taiwanese tennis star Chan to partner with Czech player Hlavackova

2017/12/19 20:29:44

Chan Yung-jan (right), photo from Chan's Facebook page

Taipei, Dec. 19 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis player Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) said Tuesday that she and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic will team up as doubles partners for the new season.

On her Facebook page, Chan said she was very excited about the new partnership with the fifth seeded Hlavackova, following the recent retirement of Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis who had been Chan's doubles partner for most of 2017.

"I'm happy to release this announcement with you before the new season starts," Chan wrote. "As you know with this incredible season, next year is gonna be a new chapter, Andrea Hlavackova is gonna be my new partner start from the first week of 2018 in Brisbane."

Chan will head to Brisbane on Dec. 25 to prepare for the 2018 Brisbane International.

"Hopefully the new blood will bring us the new energy and bring out the best of both of us," she wrote. "Can't wait to see you all in Australia."

Hlavackova commented on the post, saying that she was happy to be partnering with Chan.

"I am really excited to team up for 2018 with Latisha (Chan) because in my eyes she is a great partner for me," Hlavackova wrote. "She has a lot of experience in doubles. I look forward to get even better next to her."

Hlavackova also said she and Chan have the same goals and motivation in terms of tennis doubles.

"I would love to win another grand slam next to her and keep her on the #1 spot as long as possible," the Czech player said.

In December, Chan and Hingis were named the women's doubles world champions of the year by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), making the former the first Taiwanese to receive the honor.

They won nine of the 15 events they entered after teaming up earlier in the year, and the ITF title was another accolade on their long list of honors and awards.

In October, Chan and Hingis were also named the 2017 Doubles Team of the Year by the Women's Tennis Association after they won their ninth title of the year.

The last match Chan and Hingis played together was the semifinals at the BNP Paribas WTA Singapore in late October, when they lost to Timea Babos of Hungary and Hlavackova.

(By Lung Po-an and Frances Huang)