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Fans celebrate country's ace tennis players

Fans celebrate  country's ace tennis players

Taiwan tennis fans had a perfect reason to celebrate yesterday when the country's ace tennis duo, 17 year-old Chan Yun-jan her partner Chuang Chia-jung, 22, made history by snatching up a silver medal in the women's doubles at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.
Chan's mother Liu Hsueh-jen said that the pair may have placed second, "but to me, they both deserve a perfect score."
"The girls were truly awesome. This was their first time facing a large crowd in such an important match," said the proud mother.
There are too many people to thank, Liu said, but she expressed special appreciation to Wu Lung-shan, director of the athletic sports department under the National Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, for believing in the two players.
"I know the Chan-Chuang combination has a lot of potential and will improve even more in the future."
Chuang's mother, with tears streaming down her face, was left speechless as she watched her daughter and her partner take Taiwan to the highest level that the country has ever seen in a Grand Slam tournament.
President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) all sent congratulatory messages to the winning tennis stars, commending them on their skills and for bringing great honor to their country.
Prior to the Australian Open, Chuang was placed 75th and Chan was even further down on the list at number 107 in world rankings. However, sports commentators in the country said both players, dubbed as the "Hope of Taiwan," might have the possibility of squeezing into the world's top 30 after their stellar performance.


Updated : 2021-05-07 19:04 GMT+08:00