Taiwan tennis sisters head for entertainment world

Latisha and Angel Chan join music management firm

Chan Yung-jan and Chan Hao-ching with host Joanne Tseng (from left to right).

Chan Yung-jan and Chan Hao-ching with host Joanne Tseng (from left to right). (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two of Taiwan’s most prominent tennis players, Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然), also known as Latisha Chan, and Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) or Angel Chan, started looking for a grand slam in another career as they signed with an entertainment management firm Friday.

Chan Yung-jan, 27, was the runner-up in women’s doubles at three Grand Slam finals and reached a singles ranking of No.50 in 2007. She advanced into the semifinals at the French Open this year with former world No.1 Martina Hingis of Switzerland.

Chan Hao-ching, 23, reached the finals of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2014 with Max Mirnyi and the finals of the women’s doubles with Romania’s Monica Niculescu this year.

Their signing with HIM International Music (華研國際) Friday was marked with a welcome video recorded by other artists from the label, including the members of S.H.E, Power Station (動力火車) and Yoga Lin (林宥嘉).

Chan Yung-jan said at the event that she was interested in holding lectures to share her experiences with the public, while her younger sister admitted an interest in singing and acting.

For HIM, the signing of the tennis duo is the first foray into the world of sports, but the company emphasized both were linked, and both were part of daily life. There was no need to fear the turning of sports champions into entertainers, as S.H.E members would not be asked to go and play tennis, or Chan Yung-jan to sing, a HIM executive said.