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Taiwan's tennis duo beats Chinese rivals to clinch Thailand Open title

02/06/2023 11:43 AM
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Taiwanese tennis players Chan Hao-ching (right) and Wu Fang-hsien. Image from facebook.com/WTAThailandOpen
Taiwanese tennis players Chan Hao-ching (right) and Wu Fang-hsien. Image from facebook.com/WTAThailandOpen

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) Taiwanese female tennis duo Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) and Wu Fang-hsien (吳芳嫺) clinched the doubles title in the WTA Thailand Open on Sunday in straight sets after beating their Chinese counterparts in Hua Hin.

The unseeded Taiwanese pairing defeated Wang Xinyu (王心雨) and Zhu Lin (朱琳) 6-1, 7-6 (6) in the doubles final after saving one set point in the second-set tiebreak.

The victory marked the 19th WTA title for Chan, who is ranked No. 35 in the world for women's doubles.

It was the 29-year-old's first title since the Toray Pan-Pacific Open in Osaka in 2019, which she won with older sister Latisha, and her second Thailand Open title since 2017, which she also won with her sister.

Meanwhile, Wu, 23, previously had one WTA 125 title to her name -- the 2019 Taipei Open alongside Lee Ya-Hsuan (李亞軒) -- but was competing in her first main tour final.

Wu has now won 25 of her past 26 matches dating back to last November as well as four ITF titles as of the end of 2022.

The 2023 Thailand Open was the third edition of the event, which is one of the WTA 250 tournaments on the 2023 WTA Tour. It took place at the True Arena Hua Hin in the Southeast Asian country's tourism hotspot Hua Hin from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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