In 2017, Yung-Jan Chan had her career-best season in doubles, winning the US Open and finishing as co-No. 1 with Martina Hingis.
Andrea Hlavackova also had a strong campaign, winning five titles with Timea Babos, including the WTA Finals.
Now, Chan and Hlavackova will look to continue their winning ways together as the two have decided to team up for 2018.
I’m happy to release this announcement with you before the new season starts,as you know with this incredible season,next year is gonna be a new chapter,Andrea Hlavackova is gonna be my new partner start from the first week of 2018 in Brisbane,very exited about it,hopefully the new blood will bring us the new energy and bring out the best of both of us,can’t wait to see you all in Australia 在難忘的2017賽季結束之後，明年將會是一個新的篇章及考驗，在2018賽季開始前想跟大家分享我的新搭檔，她是來自捷克的世界排名第五的Andrea Hlavackova，我們將會從新賽季第一個星期於澳洲布里斯本開始我們的配合，對於這個新的開始感到雀躍，很期待有這位優秀的新血加入，期待有新的能量及火花並開發出更棒的我們，很快就能在澳洲與大家見面囉！ Andrea也有話想跟大家說喔： Andre got a few lines to tell you about our new partnership too: I am really excited to team up for 2018 with Latisha because in my eyes she is a great partner for me because of her game style and offcourse she has a lot of experience in doubles so I look forward to get even better next to her. I am looking forward to team up for the first time with just doubles player like me ,so we will have chance to practice together and really have the same motivation and goals. I would love to win another grandslam next to her and keep her on #1 spot as long as possible :) 以下為上文中文翻譯： 對於2018年即將和詠然搭配讓我感到非常的興奮，因為在我眼裡詠然是個很棒的搭檔，彼此球風很適合，也是個經驗非常豐富的選手，我很期待在她身旁我可以成為一位更優秀的選手。 我很期待第一次與和我一樣也是全職雙打球手的詠然搭配，所以我們有更多的時間可以一同訓練，擁有相同動力往同個目標邁進，希望能與詠然一同再贏下大滿貫冠軍，也希望她能在世界第一寶座待越久越好。 @andreasestinihlavackova
Chan, who played with Hingis for the first time last year, was in need of a new partner as the Swiss Hall of Famer announced her retirement just before the WTA Finals. The last match for Chan and Hingis was a loss at the hands of Babos and Hlavackova.
After the US Open last year, Babos and Hlavackova went on a run, winning four of their last five tournaments. Their only defeat in that stretch was a final-round loss to Chan and Hingis in Beijing. During that time, too, Babos—who plays a full singles schedule—reached the championship match in Quebec and Tashkent.
As Hlavackova notes in the Instagram post, playing with another full-time doubles specialist will have its benefits, saying they’ll “really have the same motivation and goals.”
The new team will make its debut in Brisbane, where Hlavackova won the title with fellow Czech Lucie Hradecka in 2010. Hlavackova and Chan are both two-time finalists at the Australian Open.
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