Tjen Makes More History, Advances to Final Four
ORLANDO, Fla. – Janice Tjen continued her historic run at the NCAA Singles Championship, advancing to the national semifinals with a dominant 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 6 Anna Rogers of NC State on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
Already the owner of the deepest NCAA Singles Championship run in program history, Tjen also became the first Pac-12 player since 2015 to make it to the semifinal round of the tournament. She will take on defending national champion Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami (FL) with a spot in the national title match on the line Thursday at 9 a.m. PT.
"It is very special for me because when I first came here, I was just focusing on each match, just thinking it's going to be a good experience for me," said Tjen. "So I'm just going to enjoy it and do my best."
Tjen again got off to a bit of a slow start in the opening set, falling behind 2-1 before winning five straight games to end the first and take the lead in the match. The pair went back-and-forth to begin the second, with both breaking serve in the first two games to tie it at one.
The two players each held serve for the next four games to tie the second set at three, before Tjen won the final three games to finish off the straight-sets victory.
The freshman moved to 22-2 on the year in singles play and has now won each of her last 10 singles matches, nine of which have come against ranked opponents following the win over Rogers. She improved to 10-2 on the year in matches against ranked foes, and has still lost just seven sets all season. Tjen's singles winning percentage on the season of .917 is also the best single-season win percentage in school history.