Tennis: Taiwan’s Chan sisters secure spots in Singapore
- Updated: October 11, 2015
October 11, 2015: Sisters Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan have qualified for this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced.
They are the seventh doubles team to qualify for the prestigious event, which will be staged at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 23-November 1, with one more spot yet to be determined.
The Chan sisters will make their debut appearance as a team at the WTA Finals, although elder sister Yung-Jan will make her second appearance at the WTA Finals, after qualifying in 2007 with compatriot Chuang Chia-Jung.
The Chans will be the third team of sisters to compete in the WTA Finals, after Serena and Venus Williams in 2009 and Katerina and Manuela Maleeva in 1986.
“This is a great opportunity and we’re very happy to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore,” said Chan Yung-Jan.
“We just started playing as a team after Wimbledon, so we had to work extra hard to achieve this goal. This is huge for us and we are really looking forward to it. It will be my second WTA Finals and I can’t wait to go to Singapore.”
Hao-ching added: “I’m very happy to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore with my sister.“This will be my first time there and I hope we will have a good result.”
The Chan sisters’ season is highlighted by three WTA doubles titles – PTT Thailand Open, Western & Southern Open and the Japan Women’s Open. They also reached the final at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo and finished runners-up at the China Open in Beijing.
This year’s WTA Finals features the eight doubles teams competing for the WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy, while eight singles players compete for the Billie Jean King Trophy.
|1||Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza (SUI/IND) – Qualified|
Bethanie Mattek-Sands/ Lucie Safarova (USA/CZE) – Qualified
Casey Dellacqua/Yaroslava Shvedova (AUS/KAZ) – Qualified
Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS/RUS) – Qualified
Timea Babos /Kristina Mladenovic (HUN/FRA) – Qualified
Caroline Garcia/Katarina Srebotnik (FRA/SLO) – Qualified
Chan Hao-Ching/Chan Yung-Jan (TPE/TPE) – Qualified
Raquel Kops-Jones/Abigail Spears (USA/USA)
Garbiñe Muguruza/Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP)
Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE/CZE)
Source: WTA Finals (www.wtafinals.com); Editing by SportAsia