Chan Rolling in Thailand Tourney

Aug. 21, 2008

KHONKAN, Thailand - Sophomore women's tennis player Venise Chan is making waves on the professional circuit this summer, and has currently worked her way through to the semifinals of the ITF Khonkan Tournament in Thailand.

Chan, who was ranked as high as No. 30 and a second team All-Pac-10 selection as a freshman, will be bringing a head of steam into the Huskies' fall season, as she has reeled off five wins to reach the semifinal round. Chan had to go through qualifying to make the main draw, and is the lone qualifier remaining in the draw.

Her qualifying results were actually closer than her main draw matches have been, with Chan needing to come back from a set down in her two qualifying showdowns. Against China's Yi Yang, Chan lost the first set, 4-6, before winning the second in a tiebreaker, and then rolling in the third set, 6-1.

In the first round of the main draw, Chan defeated Thuy-Dung Nguyen of Vietnam, 6-1, 6-1. That was followed by a 6-2, 6-4 win over India's Ankita Bhambri, the No. 5 seed. In the quarterfinals, Chan took out Seo-Kyung Kang of Korea, 6-2, 7-5.

In the semifinals, Chan will face China's Jia Xiang Lu.

The 2008-09 season is just over a month away for the Huskies, as the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships kick off on September 27.

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