Chan Loses NCAA First Round Match
May 21, 2008
TULSA, Okla. - Washington freshman Venise Chan was ousted in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championships today at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Chan, ranked 37th, lost to Duke's 24th-ranked Reka Zsilinszka, 6-2, 7-5.
Zsilinska improves to 38-5 on the season while Chan (Hong Kong, China) ends the year at 21-10. Zsilinska played defensively throughout, lobbing from the baseline on a regular basis to throw off Chan and force her to generate pace in the rallies. A few too many unforced errors proved to be her undoing.
After Zsilinszka pulled away in the first set, Chan stayed even in the second set until 5-5. Chan had game point on her serve, but could not capitalize, and Zsilinska came back to break serve and then saved break points on her own serve to end the match.
Today's match marked the end of the season for the Husky women's tennis team, which reversed its fortunes from the past two seasons by reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. Washington finished 12-10 and fell to Texas A&M in the first round. 2005 was also the last year the Huskies had an NCAA singles qualifier, but Chan ended that drought.
Washington Women's Tennis
NCAA Singles Championships - First Round
5/21/08 - Tulsa, Okla. - University of Tulsa
Michael D. Case Tennis Center
(24) Reka Zsilinszka (Duke) def. (37) Venise Chan (UW), 6-2, 7-5