Chan aims to break into world top 30

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Kolkata, Sep 19 (UNI) For 18-year-old Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Jaipei, rock is music to her ears and Chinese food excites her, but she also wields the tennis racquet with equal ease and eyes to break into top 30 by the end of next season.

One may say she is on her way as seeded eighth in the tournament, she is eager to pick up valuable points here to break into top 30 from her presnet 81st positon in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour list.

Chan was happy that the WTA has a number of tour events in Asia that allows Asian players to pick up points without having to travel to Europe or America too often to maintain their rankings.

''It is good for us. It is less expensive,'' she said.

However, this is a problem which is faced often by Asian men as the ATP has fewer meets in this continent.

Chan, whose 14-year-old sister Hao-Ching Chan, is a tennis player too, has her family's support and is coached by her father Chan Yuan Liang. She is happy with the way the tennis association back home has supported her.

''They do have junior tournaments and programmes that help players. There are some sponsors too. And they also run an academy for juniors,'' she said.

However, once on the tour, she will have to depend more on her own performance and sponsor support. ''I do have some sponsors and that helps,'' she said.

Chan is not new to India and she won the doubles in the Bangalore meet this year, with her regular doubles partner Chia-Jung Chuang. However, she is only concentrating on singles in Kolkata.

She also expressed surprise at her short-term doubles partner Sania Mirza's pull out from the event, partnering whom she reached the Istanbul final earlier this year.

''This is not good for the tournament. She is a great player and naturally a star here. I would have liked to play her here,'' she said.


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