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Latisha Chan knocked out of Australian Open mixed doubles

2018/01/22 18:19:55

Latisha Chan (詹詠然/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) Taiwan's Latisha Chan (詹詠然) has been eliminated from the mixed doubles at the Australian Open on Monday after having made it through to the quarterfinals of the women's doubles earlier in the day.

Chan and Jamie Murray of the United Kingdom, who were seeded first in the mixed doubles event even though they were teaming up for the first time, lost to Australians Marc Polmans and Storm Sanders 7-6 (8), 6-4.

Chan and Murray fell behind 5-2 in the first set, but came back to force a tiebreaker and had two set points but were unable to capitalize.

They were broken in the seventh game of the second set, and the Australians clinched their last two service games to take the match and book a spot in the quarterfinals.

Chan's younger sister, Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴), and Michael Venus of New Zealand, who are seeded seventh in the mixed doubles, will play for a spot in the quarterfinals on Tuesday against Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain.

The Taiwan-New Zealand duo were finalists in the 2017 U.S. Open's mixed doubles event after losing to Murray and Latisha Chan's now-retired doubles partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland.

Earlier Monday, Latisha Chan and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic defeated Chan Hao-ching and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the women's doubles.

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and Peng Shuai (彭帥) of China reached the final eight in the women's doubles on Sunday, but Hsieh's magical run in singles came to an end Monday against former Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

(By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao)
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