Name: Wena Tsan
Hometown: Kuching, Malaysia
Year in School: Junior
What is the best part of playing singles? Doubles?
I love getting the crowd excited when they see great points from me and I absorb the good energy from them to win my singles matches. It’s the same with doubles, but I also love being in front of the net and setting up perfect shots for my partner to hit winners on.
When and why did you start playing?
My uncle put a racket in my hand when I was around six or seven, but I only seriously started when I was nine. I mostly started because all my siblings were already playing tennis. Their coach convinced my mom to let me start as well. Also, I started because I got rejected by this badminton coach. I’m glad I chose tennis.
What is your favorite thing about tennis and why?
My favorite part of tennis is that I get to travel and meet people from all over the world. For the most part, it has kept me out of trouble, because I’ve met the right kind of people.
What do you do to prepare before a match?
I like listening to upbeat music and playing it really loud while I do my warm ups and stretches.
Do you plan to continue competing in tennis in the future?
In the future, if an opportunity presents itself, I would want to give it a shot to join the pros and compete with them just to get the feel of playing at such a high level of tennis.
What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
The key to success as a student-athlete is mostly good time management and keeping a balance with school, tennis and social activities. I cannot possibly do that without my team and coaches, who are always giving me the extra boost.
Have you received any awards while playing tennis?
As a team, the [MSU] women’s tennis team has placed first and second for teams with the highest GPA.
Is there a person or quote that inspires you?
One of my favorite quotes is “See a glass half full, instead of half empty.” Why always see things the negative way when you can do the opposite?
What do you like to do in your free time?
When I do have free time, I like to do nothing, because being a student-athlete is so tough. I love spending time with friends I hardly see.
Why did you come to MSU?
I came to MSU because my sister played college tennis for Sacramento State. She knew my current coach and suggested I apply here because the coach is super nice.
What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
One of my favorite classes was Elementary Spanish. I had Sally Sanchez — she is one of the coolest professors I’ve ever had.
What would you like to tell students/readers about MSU tennis?
MSU does have a tennis team, and yes, we are good. Our season is starting soon, so be a true Bobcat and come cheer for us at our home matches.