Chan sisters reach semifinals at Indian Wells Masters

LOS ANGELES (CNA) – Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) progressed to the women’s doubles semi-finals at the Indian Wells Masters in California yesterday, defeating title holders Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) of Taiwan and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.

The Chan sisters victory over Hsieh and Strycova 4-6, 6-2, 11-9, was the first time they defeated the Taiwan-Czech duo after losing their last two encounters.

During the 90-minute match on Tuesday, the Chan sisters got off to a slow start in the first set, which they lost 4-6.

However, they managed to rally in the second set, beating the women’s doubles champions from last year 6-2 and forcing a super tiebreaker.

In the tense first-to-10 decider, the Chan sisters stepped up their game to win 11-9.

Asked how they maintained their fighting spirit in the face of the reigning champions, Chan Hao-ching said “It was a really hard-fought super tiebreaker, but when you said they are last year’s champions, I thought my partner is the title winner from two years ago and I have confidence in my partner.” Latisha Chan won the 2017 Indian Wells women’s doubles title with then partner Martina Hingis.

By Lin Hung-han and Evelyn Kao