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Kelly Chen
Chen Cruises to Semifinals at Blizzard Challenge
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/16/2018
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Duke women's tennis sophomore Kelly Chen advanced to the semifinals of the USTA Blizzard Wild Card Challenge after concluding 2-1 in group play Sunday evening in Orlando, Fla. 

Chen, tabbed No. 37 in the ITA rankings, kicked off competition Saturday with a victory over No. 27 Brienne Minor of Michigan (6-3, 6-4) before dominating the No. 2 singles player in the country, North Carolina's Makenna Jones, Sunday morning (6-0, 6-1). The Cerritos, Calif., native capped round-robin play Sunday evening, falling to Stanford's No. 103 Michaela Gordon (7-6, 2-6, 10-4). 

Chen will face Gonzaga's No. 5 Sophie Whittle Monday at 10 a.m. The two met earlier in the fall at the ITA All-American where Chen fell to Whittle in the quarterfinals of the main draw. 

The women's champion will earn a spot in the main draw of a 2019 $60K tournament, while the men's winner will receive a main-draw wild card to the Orlando ATP 80 Challenger event that starts Dec. 31. Along with wild cards, the student-athletes also will be competing for a guaranteed spot on the 2019 Collegiate National Team. A member of the squad receives grant money to travel to professional tournaments and coaching from USTA Player Development staff.

Live streaming will be available on USTANationalCampus.com, and live scoring will accompany the semifinals and finals.

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