Asia's hope for maiden grand slam dashed at U.S. Open

Sat Sep 4, 2010 5:51pm EDT
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By Matt Majendie

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Asia's wait for a first grand slam singles winner goes on.

As Chan Yung-Jan, of Taiwan, walked off court having taken just one game off top seed Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday, the continent's interest in this year's final grand slam dwindled.

Asia's failure to get a single player into the fourth round of either the men's or women's draw at Flushing Meadows is a disappointing outlay bearing in mind the promise shown of late by a growing hotbed of tennis talent.

Asia looked set to break its grand slam duck at January's Australian Open when Chinese duo Li Na and Zheng Jie reached the semi-finals.

But the rest of the 2010 proved disappointing with just three more quarter-finalists in the subsequent grand slams, Li and Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan at Wimbledon and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova at the French Open.

Asia's longest-lasting player at the current U.S. Open, Chan Yung-Jan, is not overly concerned about the continent's poor showing in New York.

"For our country it's better for us - it's the best result we've ever had," said the world number 77. "I know everyone's out of the tournament from Asia but we are growing all the time and Asian tennis is getting better."

In all, there are six men in the world's top 100 but the continent's male contingent boast just one grand slam quarter-final spot in the last 15 years courtesy of Lu in London in July.   Continued...

<p>Chan Yung-Jan of Taiwan hits a return during her match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 4, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque</p>