Chan Continues Busy Summer On Pro Circuit In Asia

Sept. 4, 2009

While the 2009 fall tennis season is still a month away, UW's top returner Venise Chan doesn't figure to show any signs of rust when she steps to the service line for her first match as a junior.

Chan recently completed a run to the semifinals at a $10,000 level tour event in Saitama, Japan. Her semifinal match was contested on August 29. It was her second strong tourney run of the year, as she made the quarterfinals of a similar level event in Shenzhen, China back in July.

At the Saitama event, Chan had two straight set wins in the first two rounds, including a victory over 711th-ranked Chihiro Takayama, 6-4, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, Chan lost the first set to Etsuko Kitazaki, 6-1, before capturing the second set in a tiebreak 7-2 and then dominating the third set, 6-0. Kitazaki is currently ranked 656th in the world.

Chan's run ended in the semifinals where she lost to Sachie Ishizu, 6-0, 6-2. Ishizu is 585th in the world rankings while Chan currently stands at No. 906. Ishizu went on to win the tournament.

It should be an exciting season for Chan, who became the third Husky ever voted to the All-Pac-10 First Team in 2009, as she went 28-7 in singles play and finished the season ranked 25th by the ITA. Her stirring win at No. 1 singles over USC's Maria Sanchez in the NCAA second round clinched a 4-3 upset win for the Dawgs over the Pac-10 Champion Trojans and sent UW to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2004.

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