NATIONAL CHAMP! Eudice Chong '18 Defends Singles Title; Advances to Doubles Semifinals with Aashli Budhiraja '18

Photo by Ellen Friedlander
Photo by Ellen Friedlander


KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Eudice Chong '18 of the Wesleyan University women's tennis team was successful in defending her singles title Saturday as she defeated Juli Raventos of Williams College in the NCAA Division III Championship finals, 6-2, 7-5, to become a two-time national champion. Chong, who was named a First Team All-NESCAC selection this season, finishes the year with an impressive 30-2 overall record, all from the No. 1 position.

Chong and her doubles partner, Aashli Budhiraja '18, were in search of capturing the first-ever doubles title for Wesleyan, but fell just short, as they were defeated in the semifinals by Kathleen Kuosman and Caroline Ward of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

SINGLES RESULTS

  • Chong, whose only losses this season came against Raventos, claimed the first set by a score of 6-2. 
  • Heading into the second frame, Chong fell behind 2-0 early, but wouldn't stay down for long. She would eventually break Raventos' serve to tie the second set at 3-3, and would later hit an amazing volley to give the defending champion a 4-3 advantage.
  • Raventos would break to extend the match, but Chong would hold serve, and go on to claim her second national championship by a score of 7-5.

DOUBLES RESULTS

  • Later in the day, Chong would return to the court for her doubles semifinals match.
  • Budhiraja and Chong were defeated by Ward and Kuosman by a score of 6-0, 6-2.  

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE 

  • With that, a historic season comes to a close for the 2015-16 women's tennis team, which saw them earn their first-ever NESCAC tournament win and an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Team Championships for just the second time in program history.
  • Chong is the only national champion in Wesleyan tennis history.