ORLANDO, Fla. – Sophomore Kelly Chen battled through the Florida heat Tuesday and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Individual Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.
As the lone Blue Devil remaining in the singles competition, No. 21 Chen defeated 10th-ranked Anna Rogers of NC State (7-5, 4-6, 6-3).
Chen led in the first set 5-3 and lost two straight before pulling out two games to take the set. The Cerritos, Calif., native led the majority of the second set before dropping four straight games to force a third set. Chen was able to take the court, her 24th victory this spring.
Chen will return to the court Wednesday for a Sweet 16 matchup against sixth-ranked Fernanda Contreras of Vanderbilt.
Ranked No. 18 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Hamlin and McCarthy fell to top-ranked Angela Kulikov and Rianna Valdes of Southern California (6-1, 6-3).
Together, Hamlin and McCarthy won Duke’s first Collegiate Grand Slam title since 2009 last fall by capturing the doubles title at the Riviera All-American Championship.
2019 NCAA Div. I Women’s Singles Championship
May 20-25, 2019 in Orlando, Fla. (USTA National Campus)
Singles – Round of 64
No. 21 Kelly Chen (Duke) def. No. 53 Jessica Failla (Pepperdine) 6-2, 6-4
No. 45 Jada Hart (UCLA) def. No. 33 Meible Chi (Duke) 6-1, 6-1
No. 43 Asuka Kawai (Illinois) def. No. 11 Maria Mateas (Duke) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Singles – Round of 32
No. 21 Kelly Chen (Duke) def. No. 10 Anna Rogers (NCSU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3