Chan sis­ters claim dou­bles ti­tle in Cincinnati

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

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.

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