Taiwanese Tennis Talent Garland Sets Sights on Assisting Taiwan in Paris Olympics

Lyon Chiang: Taipei

After last year’s Asian Games in Hangzhou, tennis player Joanna Garland, of Taiwanese-English descent, headed to Changsha, China, on April 6th. Joining forces with teammates Hsieh Su-wei, Chan Hao-ching, and others, she’s set to represent the Chinese Taipei team in the Kingen Cup starting on the 8th. Garland’s main goal for the year is to support Taiwan in the Olympics, due to her determined spirit to see Taiwanese athletes shine on the Olympic stage.

Hsieh Su-wei, the women’s doubles world champion, is likely to represent Taiwan at the Paris Olympics. Garland, currently ranked just outside the top 300, remains hopeful about her chances of improving her ranking before the Olympics. Due to this fact, every game that Jonna plays  from now until Hsieh chooses her partner will be extremely important. 

Garland, an avid observer of Hsieh Su-wei’s matches, acknowledges the Taiwanese player’s strengths and hopes for a chance to partner with her.

Although serving is one of Garland’s strengths, she knows she needs to refine her skills to match Hsieh Su-wei’s level. Despite setbacks from injuries last year, she’s using the time to improve her game. 

Joanna Garland on the tennis court
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