Chan Sisters Triumph In Eastbourne
Published June 21, 2014 12:13
On a perfect midsummer evening, the Chan sisters looked to be cruising towards a second WTA title together when they raced into a 6-3, 5-1 lead. However, Hingis and Pennetta had other ideas, fending off three match points in the next game, and then another at 5-4 before pinching a remarkable set when Chan Hao-Ching found the net with a forehand.
They were unable to complete the turnaround, though, as the Chans regrouped impressively in the deciding match tie-break to run out 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 winners.
"It was an amazing tournament and we had a great week - it's a great feeling to win a second title with my sister," Chan Hao-Ching said.
"Today was a tough match and even though we were leading 5-1 in the second set, they were fighting a lot to come back and I think we did well to get through the final set," Chan Yung-Jan added.
Also signing off for Wimbledon with a win were Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja, who recovered from a nightmare start to defeat Kristina Mladenovic and Michaella Krajicek in the final of the Topshelf Open in 's-Hertogenbosch.
Erakovic and Parra Santonja overcame losing the first six games and match points at 5-2 and 5-4 in the second set to eventually triumph, 0-6, 7-6(5), 10-8. It was not all bad news for Krajicek, though, who still walked away from her home tournament with some silverware, thanks to husband-to-be Martin Emmrich's proposal (see video).