Tjen Adds Regional Freshman of the Year Honors
Oregon true freshman Janice Tjen added yet another postseason honor to a growing list of awards, receiving ITA Northwest Region Freshman of the Year recognition Monday.
Tjen is the first player in program history to receive the honor, after turning in the best season in singles play by any Oregon player. She delivered the deepest NCAA Singles Championship run by a Duck, advancing to the national semifinals and finishing the season 22-3 in singles play.
The freshman from Jakarta, Indonesia picked up four dominant victories over ranked opponents to reach the final four of the singles championship. Tjen also became the first Pac-12 player since 2015 to advance to the national semifinals, and surpassed Daria Panova's 2003 run to the third round for the longest run by a Duck at the singles championship.
Tjen opened play at the singles championship with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 45 Indianna Spink of Arkansas, before knocking off the No. 4 overall seed in the tournament and 2019 national runner-up Katarina Jokic of Georgia, 6-1, 6-4. She advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Duke's Georgia Drummy, then secured a spot in the semifinals with another sweep, this time a 6-2, 6-3 win over NC State's Anna Rogers. Tjen battled hard against defending NCAA champion Estela Perez-Somarriba, but fell 7-6(4), 6-0.
Just the third Oregon player ever to earn ITA All-America status, Tjen finished the year ranked No. 6 in the ITA Singles Rankings after going 10-3 on the season against ranked opponents while turning in the highest winning percentage in a season by an Oregon player in singles play at .880. Her 22 wins are tied for 10th in a season in program history despite not having a fall season.
Tjen's 2021 Postseason Honors and Awards
» ITA All-American
» Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
» First-Team All-Pac-12
» ITA Northwest Region Freshman of the Year
» Ranked No. 6 in the final ITA Singles Rankings