Laura Chen wins singles tennis regional event

The Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team showed well at the ITA Southeast Regional Women’s Tennis Tournament held at the University of Mary Washington, Sept. 27–29. The team gave a solid performance to advance five singles players and four doubles teams to the second day of competition. First-year Laura Chen went on to win the singles regional event and, as a result, earned the title of All-American.

After a tough match against fellow first-year Tartan Amanda Wu, 6–4, 6–2, also her doubles partner, Chen continued on to the final day of play in the tournament. “The competition was really good, and I knew some girls were ranked. I was a little nervous going into the matches,” Chen said.

Nerves were no problem for Chen as she went on to win the tournament by outplaying the top seed, Carolyn Warren of Johns Hopkins University, in the final, 6–2, 6–2. “I played well because I had my coaches and teammates there supporting me,” she said.

Chen’s win places her in the ITA National Women’s Tennis Singles Championship held in Mobile, Ala. Oct. 16–19. Chen is the second player to win the singles regional event under head coach Andy Girard. A very proud Chen said, “Winning my first year is definitely a great feeling because I never thought I would. I am so glad I got to share this experience with all of my teammates!”

Chen and Wu appeared on the courts together again, but as a doubles pair. Though unranked, Chen and Wu dazzled in the semifinals of doubles, but unfortunately fell to the fourth-seeded team, 8–5.

First-year Courtney Chin also showed excellent skill as she faced the fourth seed, Anita Bhamidipati of Johns Hopkins, in a quarterfinal match. Coming away with the win, 7–5, 6–1, Chin hoped to continue with another victory in last Monday’s semifinals competition against Katie Tabb of Washington & Lee University. After a close match, the top seed came away with the win, 7–6 (8–6), 3–6, 6–1, but not without a stellar performance by Chin.

The women’s team next competes against Oberlin College at home Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m.