On the comeback trail, Latisha Chan into semis of Brisbane event

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Photo courtesy of Liu Hsueh-chen (劉雪貞)

Photo courtesy of Liu Hsueh-chen (劉雪貞)

Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's Latisha Chan (詹詠然), sidelined for nearly four months with a nervous system disorder, continued her comeback Wednesday by reaching the semifinals of the Brisbane International women's doubles with her sister Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴).

The Chan sisters topped Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan and Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-1, 7-5 in 66 minutes to advance to the semifinals of the event.

They started the tournament a day earlier with a 6-1, 6-2 win over the Japanese duo of Miyu Kato and Makoto Ninomiya.

Latisha Chan is returning to the court in Brisbane for the first time after stepping away from the WTA Tour after the US Open last September with dysautonomia, a condition involving the malfunctioning of the autonomic nervous system.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) defeated Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-1, 7-6 (3) Wednesday in the second round of the women's singles at the 2019 Auckland Open in New Zealand.

The third-seeded Hsieh breezed through the first set but was put under pressure in the second set.

She had to save a set point serving at 4-5, and was tied at 3 in the tiebreaker before running off the final four points to clinch the match and end a two-match losing streak to Puig.

Hsieh will next face Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain in the quarterfinals.

(By Lung Po-an and Chi Jo-yao)

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