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Chan Sisters Triumph In Eastbourne

Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan overcame a spirited comeback from Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta to triumph at the Aegon International.

Published June 21, 2014 12:13

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EASTBOURNE, England - Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan survived a dramatic comeback from Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta on Saturday to win the Aegon International.

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).

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