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Taiwanese Chan sisters advance in mixed doubles at Australian Open

2018/01/21 14:08:36

Latisha Chan (詹詠然, left) and Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴, right)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) Taiwanese tennis star Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and Jamie Murray of the United Kingdom defeated Andreja Klepac of Slovenia and Rajeev Ram of the United States 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9) at the Australian Open Sunday, advancing to round 16 in the mixed doubles.

Chan and Murray, who are top seeds in Melbourne and teaming up for the first time on court, lost a tough first set to Klepac and Ram.

After their difficult start, however, Chan and Murray, who is flying the family flag alone with his brother Andy sidelined following hip surgery, turned things around against their opponents, hitting back in the second set 7-5.

The Taiwan-U.K. pair again fell in a hard-fought struggle against their rivals in the third set, but pulled together, battling past the Slovenia-U.S. pair and advancing to round 16 of the season's first Grand Slam.

Meanwhile that day, Chan's younger sister Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) and her partner Michael Venus of New Zealand defeated Yang Zhaoxuan (楊釗煊) of China and Aisam-Ul-Hag Qureshi of Pakistan in just 57 minutes, also reaching round 16 in the mixed doubles.

Chan and Venus clinched second place in the 2017 U.S. Open's mixed doubles after losing to champions Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Jamie Murray 6-1, 4-6, 10-8.

(By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao)
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