HK junior ace Chan in second round

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 September, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 September, 2006, 12:00am

Venise Chan Wing-yau, Hong Kong's first female player to compete in the US Junior Open, has reached the second round at Flushing Meadows.

Chan, ranked third in the Asian junior standings and 28th in the world juniors, beat Italian player Corinna Dentoni in the opening round 6-7, 7-5, 7-5 and will next face sixth-seeded American Julia Cohen.

The 17-year-old Chan didn't start well in the first set as her Italian rival, ranked 17th in the world juniors, repeatedly used her forehand to good effect. Yet Venise managed to come back in the second set despite being 5-2 down at one point.

'Obviously, I had a lot of ups and downs during the match, but in the end I managed to hang in there and finish it off at 7-5 in the last set,' said Venise who played at the Australian Open, the French Open and the Wimbledon Open this year.

She will also take part in the girls' doubles in New York.

Meanwhile, SAR players experienced mixed results at the Asian Championships in Uzbekistan.

Tong Ka-po beat Uzbekistani Alina Baronova in the first round of the women's singles 6-1, 6-0, but lost to Shikha Uberoi of India 6-4, 6-1 in the second round.

Martin Sayer won his first round match against Dilshod Saidmukhamed of Uzbekistan in the opening round of the men's singles.

Sayer, who is studying in the United States, lost the first set 6-3 to the host player, but came back strongly to take the following two 6-1, 6-3.

However, he failed to maintained his winning streak against Alexey Kedriouk of Kazakhstan and lost 6-4, 6-4 in the second round.

In the other men's singles match, Yu Hiu-tung lost to Syrym Abdukhalikov of Kazakhstan in three sets 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the opening round.

In the doubles, Yu and Sayer won their first game against Syrym Abdukhalikov and Dmitri Makeev of Kazakhstan. They will now meet Murad Inoyatov and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the next round.