Venise Chan (Chinese: 陳詠悠; born 30 May 1989) is a former tennis player from Hong Kong. Chan, who reached No. 1 in Hong Kong and world No. 340 in WTA rankings during her career, also played college tennis for the University of Washington.
|Other names||Wing-Yau Venise Chan|
|Alma mater||University of Washington, University of Cambridge|
|Occupation||Tennis player, Risk & Compliance|
|Country (sports)||Hong Kong|
|Career titles||6 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 340 (15 October 2012)|
|Career titles||2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 516 (15 April 2013)|
Chan was born in Hong Kong. Chan graduated from the University of Washington in 2011 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and earned a Master's in Philosophy from Cambridge University in 2014. She currently resides in Hong Kong and works in finance.
At age 12 years 318 days, Chan became the youngest female since Paulette Moreno in 1977 to contest a Ladies' Open singles final in Hong Kong when she reached the title decider at the 2002 Hong Kong National Tennis Championships. She made her debut for the Hong Kong Fed Cup team in 2006, and has a 16–6 record. She won her sixth career pro circuit title at the $10,000 Sharm El Sheikh F4 in Egypt (June 2012).
In her career, she won six women's singles and two doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. She reached a career-high WTA ranking of No. 340 in singles and No. 516 in doubles. She is also the youngest player from Hong Kong (16 years and 5 months) to lift a women's singles title and the only one to do so on her pro circuit debut.
Moreover, Chan is 13-3 in Fed Cup singles, placing her third among all Hong Kong representatives under the Most Singles Wins category.
In 2005 and 2011, Chan was nominated for the Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards, an annual Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China annual event.
While at the University of Washington, Chan reached a career-high NCAA Division I ranking of No. 9 in singles and No. 6 in doubles. In addition, she earned two All-Americas in singles (2010 and 2011) and one for doubles (2011). Chan is the only player from Hong Kong besides Patricia Hy (UCLA) to attain Division I All-America in singles on the US collegiate circuit. She also received the All-Pac-10 First Team nomination in 2009 and 2010, and was the lone recipient of the Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year Award in 2011. During her sophomore year, she swept all the No. 1 players from UC Berkeley (Jana Juricova), Stanford (Hilary Barte), UCLA (Yasmin Schnack), and USC (Sarah Fansler) in the same regular season. In addition, she is the only player from Hong Kong to compete in the main draw of the women's singles at the NCAA D1 Championships four years in a row (2008-2011).
Following Chan's final collegiate home game, then Washingoton Huskies Head Coach Jill Hetherington, herself a former WTA No. 6 in doubles said, "Venise was one of the best players to come out of the University of Washington. I remember thinking that when she came, she was going to break a lot of records. I was very lucky to get Venise to come here, as our team was struggling, and she was the anchor that turned our program around. She competed with all the best players in the country and had wins over many of them. She is going to be missed."
In 2014, Chan competed in the Seabright Cup, a biennial international match that pits an Oxford & Cambridge team against a combined Harvard and & Yale side. She is also the only player from Hong Kong to earn a selection to the Seabright Cup.
As a junior, she reached a career-high ranking of No. 24 in the world. She competed in all four Junior Grand Slams ‒ Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and US Open. She also captured the Hong Kong National Junior Tennis Championships in the under-12, under-14, under-16, and under-18 age groups.
Locally, she has captured all three local majors, lifting the women's singles title at the Hong Kong National Tennis Championships in 2004, SCAA Open in 2003 and 2004, and CRC Open in 2005, 2011, and 2016.
Chan is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and some Japanese.
In 2017, Chan became a Business Compliance and Operation Risks Officer in Private Banking at Bank of China. In 2018, she became a Business Compliance Manager in Private Banking at Bank of China. Since 2019 onwards, she has worked in an Asset Management company in Hong Kong.
Singles: 9 (6–3)Edit
|Winner||1.||13 November 2005||ITF Manila, Philippines||Hard||Czarina-Mae Arevalo||6–1, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||20 November 2005||ITF Manila, Philippines||Hard||Riza Zalameda||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||2.||23 July 2006||ITF Bangkok, Thailand||Hard||Ayu-Fani Damayanti||6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||5 October 2006||ITF Jakarta, Indonesia||Hard||Sandy Gumulya||3–6, 0–6|
|Runner-up||3.||23 August 2008||ITF Khon Kaen, Thailand||Hard||Lu Jiajing||3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||3.||11 September 2011||ITF Yeongwol, South Korea||Hard||Yue Yuan||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||4.||12 February 2011||ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Lynn Schonhage||7–5, 1–6, 6–1|
|Winner||5.||24 June 2012||ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Ekaterina Yashina||6–7(5), 6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||6 October 2012||ITF Bidar, India||Hard||Yumi Miyazaki||6–2, 6–3|
Doubles: 2 (2–0)Edit
|Winner||1.||8 July 2012||ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt||Hard||Anna Morgina|| Magy Aziz
|Winner||2.||27 October 2012||ITF Seoul, South Korea||Hard||Nigina Abduraimova|| Kim Ji-young
|6–4, 2–6, [12–10]|
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