Eudice Chong captures third straight NCAA D3 title

At the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship, Eudice Chong (Wesleyan) beat No. 2 seed Rebecca Ho (Washington-St. Louis), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, in the final to claim her third straight national title. In doing so, she became the first player in the history of this division to three-peat in women's singles.

For good measure, Chong added the women's doubles when she collaborated with teammate Victoria Yu to beat Lindsay Brown and Nicole Tan (Claremont-Mudd Scripps) in the title match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

According to the record books, the Hong Kong native is the first player to capture both Division III women's singles and doubles in the same year since 2004.

"Playing in the NCAA tournament is always a huge honour, and it is no different this year. I am very grateful for the support of my coaches and teammates, and hopefully next year we can all be competing at the national championship as a team, playing in the Elite 8," said the 21-year-old.

"I was hoping it would be an all-Wesleyan final but unfortunately my partner Victoria lost in the semis of the singles. It was also the first time in our program history where we won the national doubles title, so Victoria and I are still letting what we've accomplished sink in," she added.

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Even though her last pro circuit event was back in January, Chong still holds a current WTA Ranking of No. 766. However, it was far from plain sailing in the final against the 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Senior Women's Tennis Player of the Year.

"I wasn't really dialed into the match until the third set, and that's when I finally got going. I have to give a lot of credit to my opponent though, she played very solid tennis throughout the match."

Of course, going for her fourth Division III title in women's singles next year is unprecedented. However, one obvious piece of silverware still missing from her collection is the ITA National Small College Championships "Super Bowl" title, an elite event contested by the respective champions of Division II, III, NAIA, and Junior College.

Nevertheless, Chong is the 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year and she is almost certain to finish this season as the year-end No. 1 singles player in Division III for the third consecutive time.

Meanwhile, she is now training with the rest of her Hong Kong squad members ‒ Zhang Ling, Katherine Ip, and Ng Kwan Yau ‒ getting ready for this month's All China Games team event in Tianjin.

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