Sports Spotlight: Sophia Duong

Duong[1]Name: Sophia Duong

Year: Junior

Sport: Tennis

Duong has enjoyed a breakout junior season, sporting a team leading 18-3 record, including a five match winning streak with doubles partner senior Kelley Klebenow.

1) What is a hobby that you have outside of athletics?

It’s kind of embarrassing, but I like to play video games. Video games, computer games, I used to be into all that.

2) What is your favorite video game?

I spent a lot of time on this game called “Maple Story.” In middle school it was the thing, it was kind of like you had to play “Maple Story,” or at least at my middle school, that was the norm.

3) What do you think is the best part about your tennis game?

Some days my forehand will be better, some days my backhand will be better, then some days my serve is on point. But I guess if I had to choose, it would be my backhand.

4) What is your favorite movie?

Last time somebody asked me that, I said the movie “300.” I also really liked “The Lego Movie,” it’s so good. I also want to say “Frozen,” but I feel like that is way to cliché right now.

5) What is one interesting thing that most people don’t know about you?

I know a lot of my high school friends know this about me, but I don’t think too many Chapman kids now this about me, but I wasn’t born in America. I came from Vietnam when I was 10. Also, English is my fifth language. I can’t say that I speak the other languages now, but I learned them before English. . I can’t say that I can still carry conversations in these languages, but I speak Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Chaozhou and English.

6)What is your favorite type of food?

Shrimp and rice. Shrimp is my favorite food, and if I want to make a meal, then I’ll just add rice to it.

7) What do you think has been your biggest athletic accomplishment?

I wouldn’t say overcoming my nerves, but I would say taking control of it. I would say that I never get nervous, but I know more how to deal with it now. Last year I remember going out to matches just shaking with nerves, but this year I will get nervous yes, but I can kind of combat it.

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