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Tennis: Taiwan’s Chan sisters secure sensational Eastbourne win

Taiwanese sisters Chan Yung-jan (left), 24, and Chan Hao-ching, 20, won the Aegon International after beating four former World No. 1 doubles players in the semi-finals and final. Photo: Getty Images / Aegon International.

Taiwanese sisters Chan Yung-jan (left), 24, and Chan Hao-ching, 20, won the Aegon International after beating four former World No. 1 doubles players in the semi-finals and final. Photo: Getty Images / Aegon International.

June 22, 2014: Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan survived a dramatic comeback from Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta on Saturday to win 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 and claim the Aegon International women’s doubles title in England on Saturday evening.

 

The Taiwanese sisters had already routed former World No. 1 doubles stars Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-3 in the semi-finals in Eastbourne, having beaten Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears (6-1, 7-6(5)) and Cara Black and Sania Mirza (6-1, 3-6, 10-7) in earlier rounds.

 

On a perfect midsummer evening, the Chan sisters looked to be cruising towards a third title together when they raced into a 6-3, 5-1 lead against Hingis and Pennetta.

 

However, the experienced Swiss and Italian had other ideas, fending off three match points in the next game and another at 5-4 before pinching a remarkable set when the tall Chan Hao-ching, 20, found the net with a forehand. They were unable to complete the turnaround, as the Chans regrouped impressively in the deciding match tiebreak to run out winners.

 

“It was an amazing tournament and we had a great week,” said Chan Hao-ching, the younger sister, who moved up from 24 to 18 in Monday’s doubles rankings. “It’s a great feeling to win a second title with my sister.”

 

Chan Yung-jan, 24, added: “Today was a tough match and even though we were leading 5-1 in the second set, they were fighting a lot to come back. I think we did well to get through the final set.”

 

Earlier this year, the sisters finished runner-up at Charleston, while Chan Hao-ching won the doubles title at Kuala Lumpur with Timea Babos. The younger Chan has won three WTA doubles titles, including last year’s Shenzhen Open with her sister.

 

Chan Yung-Jan has won 10 career WTA doubles titles and been a runner-up 14 times, including at the 2007 Australian Open and 2007 US Open, both with Chuang Chia-jung.

 

Hingis, 33, is a former World No. 1 in singles and doubles and was teaming up for the first time with 32-year-old Pennetta, a former No. 1 in doubles.

 

Source: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3922122/title/chan-sisters-triumph-in-eastbourne; Editing by SportAsia

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