Chan sisters claim doubles title in Cincinnati
Taiwanese sisters Chan Yungjan ( ) and Chan Hao-ching ( ) claimed the championship title at the WTA Premier tournament in Cincinnati on Sunday after beating 2015 French Open runners-up Casey Dellacqua, of Australia, and Yaroslava Shvedova, of Kazakhstan.
The sister duo from Taiwan took away the trophy after a 7-5, 6-4 win against fourth-seeded Dellacqua and Shvedova at the women’s doubles final of the Cincinnati Masters, which carries a total prize of US$2.7 million.
It was the sister duo’s second championship title this year and the fourth one since they teamed up together.
According to the WTA, the latest title on Sunday meant the Chan’s have won the second-most WTA doubles titles for a pair of sisters in WTA history after Serena Williams and Venus Williams.
Their previous three WTA doubles titles came at Shenzhen in 2013, Eastbourne in 2013 and Pattaya City earlier this year.
Cincinnati represents the pair’s first title at the Premier 5 level.
The pair overcame an early setback during the women’s final match on Sunday when they were down early in the match, trailing 5-3. Reeling off four consecutive games from 5-3 down to take the first set 7-5 from Dellacqua and Shvedova.
Commenting on the hard-earned title, Chan Yung-jan, the elder sister of the duo, said on her Facebook that the No. 1 finish was a perfect birthday present for her as she turned 26 last week.
“So happy that we won this title together at Western & Southern Open!! It’s our first Premier 5 title together as a team! Was not an easy week for us, been through so many great teams and so many super tiebreak, specially the 19-17 match,” she said.
“We really had a great time here at Cincinnati, especially this is my first week turn 26,and it’s not too bad! Hopefully we can keep it going, and much looking forward to the US Open Tennis Championships,” she added.
The unseeded Chan sisters previously beat the world No. 1 pair Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, and Sania Mirza, of India, 6-4, 0-6, 10-6 on Saturday to advance to the women’s doubles final in Cincinnati.
According to local media reports, the Chan’s sisters will be awarded a total of US$141,600 in prize money with the title.
The elder Chan’s world ranking in doubles currently sits at 22 and could move up to within the world’s top 15 following the championship, reports said.