DURHAM – The Duke women’s tennis program is back in action for the first time in more than two weeks, as four Blue Devils travel to Charleston, SC for the 2021 ITA All-American Championships, 6-10 October.
Three blue devils – old people Kelly chen and Georgia Drum and junior Chloe beck – will participate in the draw for 32 singles players. Beck will also be in action in the 32-team doubles squad, teaming up with a sophomore. Karolina Berankova.
Singles and doubles action is expected to begin on Wednesday.
n ° 5 Georgia Drum (Duke) vs. TBA
No. 25 Kelly chen (Duke) vs. No.18 Salma Ewing (USC) – 9:30 a.m.
No. 28 Chloe beck (Duke) vs. No.22 Emma Antonaki (Mississippi State) – 9:45 a.m.
No. 2 Chloe beck/Karolina Berankova (Duke) vs. TBA
The Blue Devils split up to take part in two separate events, with some seeing action at the Fall Ranked Spotlight in Cary, NC, while others playing at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, NC.
Beck claimed the weekend’s win at the Fall Ranked Spotlight, defeating seventh-place Irina Cantos at Ohio State, 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8). Beck would end his day with a ranked doubles victory, with his partner Emma Jackson, beating 31 Diana Khodan / Isabella Pfennig (Miami) 6-4.
At the Kitty Harrison Invitational, the Blue Devils scored several wins, as Chen reached the singles semi-finals. Besides, Ellie Coleman and Eliza omirou put in a strong duet effort in doubles, reaching the game for third place, with victories over opponents from Old Dominion and LSU.
HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN
The Blue Devils are back after a successful 2020-21 season. Duke compiled an 18-7, 9-4 record in the ACC, reaching the quarterfinal of the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils have defeated six ranked teams, including three in the top 10, with wins over No. 8 Baylor and No. 9 UCF in the NCAA tournament.
The three best singles players from last season are all back, as seniors Kelly chen and Georgia Drum and junior Chloe beck will anchor unit 2021-22. Beck will also have his doubles partner, second year Karolina Berankova, back for a second full season after reaching a height of No. 9 domestically last season.
The Blue Devils welcome several new faces to the squad this season. First year students Ellie Coleman (Midland, Michigan) and Emma Jackson (La Grange, Ill.) Will make their collegiate debut this fall. In addition, graduate student Eliza omirou (Nicosia, Cyprus / Wake Forest) arrives in Durham after four seasons at Wake Forest, where she was an American ITA 2020 Doubles Star and peaked at No. 9 domestically.
Chen needs 10 more wins in singles or doubles to reach 200 in his Blue Devils decorated tenure. Chen has a career record of 112-38 in singles and 78-42 in doubles.
DUKE IN INDIVIDUAL RANKS
Duke presents three student-athletes ranked in Singles – Drummy (5), Chen (25), Beck (28). The Blue Devils also have three doubles teams on the national roster – Beck / Berankova are No 2, Bilokin / Omirou No 24 and Chen / Coleman No 49.
CHEN AGAINST RATED
Now in his fifth season with the Blue Devils, Chen amassed a 112-38 singles record. Of the 112 wins, 45 of them came against ranked opponents. Chen’s 112 career wins are currently tied for 13th on the Duke charts with Kristin Sanderson and she will be tied for 12th with Patti O’Reilly (114) with two more wins.
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