Chan Falls in Pro Tourney Final

Aug. 23, 2008

KHONKAN, Thailand - Sophomore Venise Chan battled all the way to the final of the Khonkan Pro Circuit event in Thailand this week, but came up one win shy of capturing the championship.

Chan fell to Jia-Jang Lu, 6-3, 6-4, in today's final, culminating a week which saw her knock out six players en route to the final. Chan had to win two qualifying mathces just to make the main draw, and was then the only qualifier to reach the semifinals.

In Friday's semis, Chan defeated Jia Xiang Lu, 7-6 (3), 6-3. A number of Chan's opponents are ranked in the WTA, including Jia Xiang Lu, who was 557th at the end of 2007. Chan also defeated players currently ranked No. 522, 783, and 955.

Huskies assistant coach Damon Coupe spoke to Chan before the tournament began.

'It's very exciting,' said Coupe. 'She was a little down on the way she had been playing. She said her timing had been a little off, but she seems to have gotten that back and is really playing well, and getting good wins against top players. It's a good thing to know she's finding her game and is going to be playing really well coming into our season.'

The season commences with the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, one of three majors in college tennis, on Sept. 27.

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