Taiwanese tennis players advance to semifinals in Dubai championships

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Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇)/CNA file photo

Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Feb. 22 (CNA) Two Taiwanese tennis players made their way into the women's doubles semifinals at the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Championships on Thursday and one more could potentially join them.

Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) of Taiwan and her partner Peng Shuai (彭帥) of China came out on top in a close match against Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Nicole Melichar of the United States that ended 6-4, 0-6, 10-7.

The fourth-seeded duo won a hard fought third set, after winning a close first set and being whitewashed in the second.

With Hsieh and Peng on the verge of being eliminated in the third set the pair won four consecutive games to take the lead and in the end won the third set 10-7.

The duo will face off against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the semifinals.

Hsieh and Peng would have faced Makarova and Vesnina in the 2018 Australian Open women's double final had they made it past the semifinals.

Meanwhile, another Taiwanese player, Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) and her Chinese partner Yang Zhaoxuan (楊釗煊) also made it into the semifinals after their opponents, the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, forfeited the quarterfinals match due to a reported injury.

Chan and Yang could face off against Chan's older sister Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and her Czech partner Andrea Hlavackova in the semifinals if the latter pair defeats Alicja Rosolska and Abigail Spears in their quarterfinal match late Thursday.

(By Lee Chin-wei and Kuan-lin Liu)

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