COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s tennis team welcomed new two Buckeyes to its roster, including freshman Cindy Chen. Chen has traveled far to become a Buckeye, coming from Beijing, China.
Here’s what to know about Chen:
Q: What is the biggest difference from high school/junior tennis to college?
A: The biggest difference is that I used to play just for myself. I have never played on a team before coming here. Playing tennis here is playing for the whole team rather than just myself, so I also know that my teammates and coaches will always be my biggest supporters.
Q: What’s it like being so far from home?
A: Being so far away is difficult for me, especially because everything here is so new to me. Fortunately, my teammates are always there to get me through anything. They have taught me so many things and have already helped me become a better tennis player. I really am thankful for them, they make me feel at home here.
Q: What’s your favorite part about Ohio State so far?
A: The food! They have everything I could ever want to eat here.
Q: Why did you decide to attend Ohio State?
A: The Ohio State University has both great tennis and academic programs. OSU also has a lot of resources that I can use to achieve my goals to become an excellent student and tennis player.
Q: What are you most looking forward to this year?
A: As a team, I look forward to hopefully winning the Big Ten Championship and as an individual, I look forward to improving my skills and working on getting my body stronger and faster.
Q: Who is your all-time favorite athlete and why?
A: Roger Federer because I admire his tenacity. Even with being almost 40 years old, he still competes like a fighter on the tennis court.