Taiwan reaches women’s doubles quarterfinals at Australian Open


TAIPEI–Taiwan’s Chuang Chia-jung and Hsieh Su-wei reached the quarterfinals of the women’s doubles at the Australian Open yesterday after upsetting unseeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany yesterday morning.

Chuang and Hsieh beat Schnyder and Groenefeld in two-straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, within 75 minutes, thanks largely to their opponents’ 19 unforced errors.

Chuang and Hsieh, along with Chan Yung jan, are considered to be Taiwan’s most accomplished female doubles players. In a recent interview with the Association of Tennis Professionals, they said they were determined to win in Melbourne.

There is a possibility that Chuang and Hsieh will play against Chan — who has teamed up with Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland — in the fourth round of the competition if Chan and Radwanska defeat the pair of Belarusian Victoria Azarenka and Russian Maria Kirilenko.

Chan and Chuang were finalists in the event in 2007 and semifinalists a year later, while Chan and Hsieh teamed up to reach the third round in 2009.