Chan Surges Into Semis At All-American Championships
Oct. 9, 2009
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - In what has become the best tournament run of her career and one of the best in Husky history, junior Venise Chan knocked off two Top-20 players today to reach the semifinals at the ITA All-American Championships at the Riviera Tennis Club. Chan is the first Husky ever to make the final four at this tourney, the first of three major championships in college tennis. She needs two wins for UW's first ever individual national title.
Chan, ranked 17th in singles, is the only unseeded woman to make the semifinals. She will take on eighth-seeded and eighth-ranked Irina Falconi of Georgia Tech on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Hong Kong, China native becomes just the second Husky ever to make the semis at one of the national tournaments. Kristina Kraszewski (1998-01) was a singles finalist at the ITA National Indoor Championships in 2000.
In her morning session, Chan bounced out the defending All-American singles champion, Kelcy McKenna of Arizona State. McKenna was a fellow First Team All-Pac-10 member last year and is ranked seventh nationally. Chan and McKenna split the first 10 games of the match, but from 5-all in the first set, Chan reeled off eight of the next nine games to advance with a 7-5, 6-1 win over the Sun Devil All-American.
It was another familiar Pac-10 foe in the quarterfinals: 18th-ranked Marina Cossou of California. Again the match was close throughout and hinged on a few key points, and Chan came up with them to notch a 6-4, 7-6 victory. Chan turned things up in the second set tiebreak, putting the match away with a 7-1 win.
Dea Sumantri's round of 16 effort in 2004 was the previous best by any Husky woman at the All-American Championships.
The fabulous first week for top doubles duo Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy came to an end in the quarterfinals today. Ardies and Dy, ranked 17th in the preseason poll, ran into the fifth-ranked team of Grabinski and Marand of North Carolina. The Dawgs kept it close but the Tar Heel pair were able to prevail, 8-5.
The quarterfinal run for Dy and Ardies was far and away the best by any Husky ever at the All-American Championships. Over the past few days, the pair defeated the 10th-ranked team from Florida, the No. 14 team from Clemson, and the No. 46 team from USC.
The All-American Championships are one of three individual national championships on the college tennis schedule, the others being the ITA National Indoor Championships and the NCAA Championships. The All-American attracts the largest field of the three, as hundreds of players compete in qualifying rounds to try and reach the main draw.
Washington Women's Tennis
Riviera/ITA All-American Championships
10/9/09 - Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Riviera Tennis Club
Main Draw Singles
Round of 16
(16) Venise Chan (UW) def. (7) Kecly McKenna (ASU), 7-5, 6-1
(16) Venise Chan (UW) def. (18) Marina Cossou (Cal), 6-4, 7-6 (1)
Main Draw Doubles
(5) Grabinski/Marand (UNC) def. (17) Ardies/Dy (UW), 8-5