CLAREMONT, Calif. – Eudice Chong '18 of the No. 5-ranked Wesleyan University women's tennis team made history on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Individual Championships in Claremont, Calif., as she became the first person in history to win four NCAA Singles Championships in any division of college tennis.
In order to win her record-breaking, fourth-straight title, Chong had to overcome her teammate, doubles partner, and friend Victoria Yu '19, who was making her first appearance in the final at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
In the first set, Yu came out of the gate playing excellent tennis, taking it to Chong and putting herself in position to pull the upset win. With Yu up 5-3 in the first set, the momentum started to shift, with Chong finding another level to even the match at 5-5. From there, the two exchanged holds to reach a first-set tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, experience prevailed, as Chong was too tough, taking it 7-3 to put herself within a set of the title.
In the second set, Chong began to loosen up, taking control of most points and dictating with her groundstrokes. The Sai Kung, Hong Kong native raced out to an early lead and never looked back, quickly getting up 5-1. Yu continued to fight, breaking Chong at 5-1 to stay alive, but in the next game, Chong wrapped things up to take the match 7-6(3), 6-2.
With the win, Chong finishes her singles career at Wesleyan as the all-time leader in wins, amassing a 103-6 record, in addition to her four-time All-American and All-NESCAC honors. She was also named the ITA National Senior Player of the Year earlier this week.
In NCAA Doubles action on Saturday, Chong and Yu defeated Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Bridget Harding of Emory, 6-2, 7-6 (4), in the semifinals. During a back-and-forth title match, Julila Cancio and Juli Reventos of Williams emerged victorious against Chong and Yu in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
-- Portions of Recap by Ben Shapiro --