It’s not easy being the only male player of Chinese descent at a tennis tournament, but Taiwanese player, Lu Yen-Hsun (卢彦勋) doesn’t seem to mind. He scored the first major upset on the men’s side of the Australian Open yesterday. He defeated the number ten seed, David Nalbandian of Argentina, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. In the 3rd round, the no. 61 player in the world will next play the no. 21 seed, Tommy Robredo from Spain. Regardless of what happens, this will be the best grand slam effort of Lu’s career.
On the women’s side, there are three players from mainland China and two players from Taiwan in the draw. Chan Yung-Jan (詹咏然) from Taiwan beat her teammate Hsieh Su-Wei (谢淑薇) in the first round, 6-3, 6-3. Chan will play the no. 18 seed, Dominika Cibulkova from Slovakia today.
As for the mainland women, two out of the three still have a shot at the Championship. Meng Yuan (袁梦) lost in the first round to Serena Williams fairly handily, 3-6, 2-6. The hard-hitter from Chengdu, Peng Shuai (彭帅), upset the no. 17 seed, Francesca Schiavone from Italy, 7-6(4), 6-1. Should she win her next match, Peng will play Serena Williams. And, the darling of last year’s Wimbledon, Zheng Jie (郑洁), as the 22nd seed, has advanced to the second round and looks to have a relatively smooth path into the round of 16.