DURHAM, N.C. – For the second time this season, Duke freshman Kelly Chen has been selected as ACC Freshman of the Week as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Chen went 2-1 in singles play at the ITA Indoor Team Championships last weekend. The Cerritos, Calif., native started the tournament with a 1-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 win over South Carolina’s Ingrid Gamarra Martins. The highlight of the tournament came in the next match against No. 4 Georgia. With the team score tied at three, Chen beat the Bulldogs’ No. 39 Marta Gonzalez 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) as her multiple aces in the second set tiebreaker led to a raucous Blue Devil celebration.
Chen’s only loss of the weekend came in a three-set battle with North Carolina’s No. 10 Makenna Jones, with Chen falling 6-2, 3-6, 4-6.
Chen also teamed with senior Samantha Harris to go 1-1 in doubles play. The duo beat South Carolina’s Silvia Chinellato and Martins 7-6 (7-3) on court one.
Chen is a team-best 18-7 on the season, including 5-1 in dual matches, all on court three. She is 5-6 against nationally ranked opponents. She has also combined with Harris to go 12-5 so far in doubles.
Chen and her Blue Devil teammates will kick off ACC play Feb. 18 when they travel to Raleigh, N.C. for a matchup with NC State. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.