TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taiwanese tennis star Chan Yung-Jan (詹詠然) made her debut at the WTA World No.1 doubles ranking on Monday, sharing the top spot with her partner, Martina Hingis, becoming the 36th woman overall to attain the top doubles spot.
Chan becomes the second woman from Taiwan to have achieved this historic milestone after Hsieh Su-Wei in 2014.
According to WTA official website, Chan said, “It was always my goal to become WTA doubles World No.1, so achieving this is a huge accomplishment.”
Chan’s accumulative prize money so far this year has amounted to US$1,391,106 (about NT$42.37 million), exceeding US$1,109,280 earned by Hsieh in 2014.
The 28-year-old owns a 63-12 win-loss record this year, and is 11-1 in finals. She partnered with her sister (Chan Hao-Ching) and won the Taiwan Open and Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open before switching partners to team up with Hingis.
So far Chan has won nine titles with Hingis, including Chan’s maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open this year.
Chan and Hingis, who won the 2017 Doubles Team of the Year award, are the first of two teams to qualify for the WTA Finals Singapore.
Chan will be making her fourth appearance and Hingis will be making her eighth doubles appearance at the WTA Finals, where she has won the doubles title on three occasions in 1999-2000 (with Anna Kournikova) and 2015 (with Sania Mirza).
Chan fell into a slump between 2011 and 2013 due to surgery and virus infection until 2016 when she decided to focus on doubles with her sister. Together they worked hard to reach their respective career summit.