Taiwan's Chan sisters advance at Hobart International

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching progressed to the women's doubles semi-finals at the Hobart International after their opponents withdrew Thursday.Following the withdrawal of their quarter-final opponents, Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia and Sabrina Santamaria of the U.S., the Taiwanese pair move automatically into the semi-finals where they face Romania's Monica Niculescu and China's Yang Zhaoxuan .The Taiwanese pair lost in the final of the women's doubles at the Brisbane International last week.The Hobart International, a women's professional tennis tournament that started in 1994, is being held Jan. 5-12 at the Hobart International Tennis Centre in Hobart, Australia, with total purse of US$250,000.Meanwhile, the 2019 Australian Open kicks off on Jan. 14, marking the start of a brand new tennis season.In the second qualifying round for the men's singles on Thursday, Taiwan's Jason Jung (莊吉生), ranked 120th in the world, lost 2-6, 3-6 to 185th-ranked Hiroki Moriya.Moriya broke Jung three times at the start of the match and ran away with the first set 6-2. In the second set, Jung managed to draw level at 3-3 in a seesaw battle, but eventually lost the set 3-6, ending his chance to advance in the tournament.