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Fans line up to see Tseng at Swinging Skirts

TAIPEI--Scores of golf fans lined up Sunday morning to get an autograph from Yani Tseng, the world's top female golfer, on the sidelines of an invitational charity tournament being held in New Taipei.

The 23-year-old Tseng from Taiwan, who failed to defend her title at the second Swinging Skirts tourney owing to elbow and shoulder injuries, always wore a big smile while autographing hats and polo shirts for her supportive fans.

Although Tseng was not on the course this year, her popularity did not wane. Fans expressed excitement at the prospect of seeing Tseng, with some returning to the line for another autograph.

One of the lucky fans to get an autograph was Fanny Chang, 10, who was accompanied by her parents.

“I love Yani so much,” Chang told CNA. Her mother said she had woken up at 6 a.m. Sunday and was eager to meet her idol.

At a pre-event press briefing, Tseng expressed disappointment at not being able to play before a crowd made up of her supportive and enthusiastic Taiwanese fans.

“Choosing not to participate in the game is a very difficult decision,” she said.

Taking a break from playing after the last tournament, Tseng said she had been following doctor's orders.

Although she was still receiving treatment “ physiotherapy and hydrotherapy for the last two weeks “ the doctors had suggested she rest some more, said Tseng.

Tseng, who served as a TV commentator for the first time during a skins game ahead of the tournament, being held from Dec. 7 to 9, said she would, however, like to be present at the venue to cheer her friends during the tournament's last round.

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