Taiwanese players reach Pattaya Open semifinal


PATTAYA, Thailand — Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan and her sister Chan Hao-ching advanced to the semifinal of the PTT Pattaya Open after a win over a second-seeded pair.

The Taiwanese sisters beat Akgul Ammanmuradova of Uzbekistan and Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic 7-6, 6-3.

Chan Hao-ching told the Central News Agency that her match performance began to improve as she became more used to her rivals’ style of play.

Commenting on her partner’s performance, Chan Yung-jan said her 17-year-old sister was not as hesitant as in the previous round, which put a lot of pressure on the opposing team.

Chan Yung-jan, 21, also suggested that her sister keep her emotions under control so as to avoid making mistakes.

Also at the event, Taiwanese female player Chang Kai-chen teamed up with Sania Mirza of India to defeat Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand and Jessica Moore of Australia 6-7, 7-5, 10-0 and advance to the second round.