Saturday, 9 July 2011

Yung Jan Chan JapanTennis Player PHotos

Career highlights
Junior performance
Chan started playing in the junior circuit in 2002, and reached the SF stage at her first ITF junior event. With solid performances both in junior and challenger events, her combined junior ranking reached No. 2 on May 24, 2004.
However, her most significant junior victory came in 2004 Australian Open Junior Championships, where she partnered Sun Sheng-nan to win the double trophy. The achievement hinted at the emergence of a talented double player.
Professional performance
While still a junior, Chan entered her very first pro tour in Tainan, where she reached the semi-final in the singles, and the quarter-final in the doubles.
Chan started her professional career in 2004. By the end of 2004, she already was the singles title holder of three 10,000 USD ITF events, including Colombo, Jakarta 3, and Taipei. She also won three doubles titles in Jakarta 3, Haibara, and Mount Gambier.
Chan's 2005 season got a strong start with a win in the 25,000 USD ITF event in Taipei. She also won a 50,000 USD ITF event in Fukuoka. Later that year, she qualified for the US Open, but failed to defeat Serena Williams in the first round. After the US Open, she played two qualifying events in Beijing and Seoul, but failed to enter the main draw. However, she teamed up with Chuang Chia-jung to win her first tour-level doubles title in Seoul.
Chan played in the qualifying events of all four grand slams, and qualified into the main draws in Wimbledon and the US Open, but failed to beat resurgent Alicia Molik and Belgian Kirsten Flipkens respectively. Her breakthrough and first tour-level win came at the Tokyo Open, where she reached the SF stage by defeating local favourite and two-time winner Ai Sugiyama. The victory marked her first Top 30 win. She also participated in the doubles event of Tokyo Open and reached the final stage, once again partnering Chuang Chia-jung.

As for her achievements in the challenger circuit: she won the singles titles in Melbourne, Fukuoka, Kurume, and Kaohsiung. Together with regular partner Chuang Chia-jung she also won the doubles titles in Sydney, Gosford, Fukuoka, Kurume, and Kaohsiung. After her victory in Kaohsiung, she surged into the Top 100, and was ranked No. 73 in the singles.
To establish herself in tour level, Chan has only participated in Tour events in the beginning of 2007. She entered the main draws of the Australian Open, Pattaya, Bangalore, and Indian Wells, but failed to advance past the first round. In Miami she reached the second round by defeating Nuria Llagostera Vives, before losing to first seed Maria Sharapova.

Chan finally found her footing after entering the clay court season. In Charleston, she qualified into the main draw, and stunned No. 39 ranked Séverine Brémond in two sets to set up a rematch against reigning Australian Open and Miami winner Serena Williams. Chan was 5–3 up before Serena retired with a groin injury. Her magical journey in Charleston ended in the third round, where she was defeated by Venus Williams in straight sets


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