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  Sara Walker
Sara Walker

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
El Paso, TX

High School:
Franklin

Height:
5-7

Hand:
R

Fall 2002 —?Ranked No. 6 in singles and No. 14 in doubles in the Preseason ITA Rankings …?Posted an 8-3 mark in fall singles play …?Quarterfinalist at the Riviera ITA All-American …?Fell to USC’s Jewel Peterson in the finals at the Omni Hotels ITA Regionals …?Advanced to the round of 16 at the Omni Hotels National Indoors …?Played only one match (w/Jackie Carleton) in fall doubles play.

2001-02 — Singles and doubles All-American …?First-team All-Pac-10 selection …?Ended the season ranked No. 10 in singles and No. 2 in doubles (w/Petya Marinova) in the 2002 Final ITA Rankings …?Finished the year with a 34-10 overall singles record …?Her 34 wins was the most on the team …?Registered a 24-9 record against players ranked in the ITA Top-100 …?Saw most of her action at the No. 2 position, posting a 16-3 overall record …?Reached the round of 16 in singles at the NCAA Championships in Stanford, Calif. …? Also teamed with Marinova in the main doubles draw at the NCAAs …?Ranked No. 5 in the preseason ITA singles rankings …?Posted a 13-3 fall singles record …?Defeated No. 15 Jewel Peterson of USC, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the finals Omni Hotels Regionals in San Diego … Fell in the first round at the Omni Hotels National Indoors … Defeated Mira Radu in the consolation final at the National Indoors …?Reached the finals at the adidas Invitational in September, falling to teammate Megan Bradley in the final … Advanced to the quarterfinals at the Riviera All-American, defeating No. 21 Julie DeRoo of Duke and No. 13 Janet Bergman of Wake Forest in the first and second rounds … Lost to No. 4 Nataly Cahana of Old Dominion, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 …?Teamed with Petya Marinova to post an impressive 11-1 fall doubles record … The duo won two fall tournaments, including the adidas Invitational and the Omni Hotels Regionals … Defeated teammates Bradley/Fisher in both those finals …?Advanced to the semifinals at the Omni Hotels National Indoors, falling to No. 7 Kalvaria/Lastra, 8-6 …?Earned a No. 8 ranking in the fall ITA doubles rankings.

2000-01 — 2001 Singles All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection …?Finished the year with a 25-11 overall singles record … Ranked No. 10 in the final ITA singles rankings …?Reached the second round at the NCAA Championships, defeating No. 29 Ipek Senoglu in the first round …?Also defeated No. 15 Julie Ditty of Vanderbilt in the round of 16 at the NCAA Team Championships …?Played No. 1 singles in every dual match she played in, registering a 12-4 record …?Reached the quarterfinals at the Rolex National Indoors …?Advanced to the semifinals at the Pac-10 Championships … Teamed with Mariko Fritz-Krockow to form UCLA’s No. 2 doubles team … Defeated teammates Fisher/Marinova in the finals at the Pac-10 Championships …?Qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championships, falling to top-seeded Barnikow/Kalvaria of Stanford, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the first round … The duo finished the season ranked No. 15 in the final ITA doubles rankings …?Posted a 6-3 mark in fall singles action … Debuted at No. 3 in the preseason ITA singles rankings …?Earned a No. 2 seed at the Riviera All-American Championships. Summer 2000 — Selected to the ITA Summer Team but did not play while recovering from a back injury suffered at NCAAs … Played in the qualifying at the Manhattan Beach Open.

1999-2000 — Winner of the 2000 ITA “Player to Watch” award … Singles All-American … Finished the season ranked No. 4 in the country in singles and No. 16 in doubles with partner Amanda Basica … Ranked as high as No. 2 in singles heading into the NCAA Championships …?Pac-10 Freshman of the Year … First-team All-Pac-10 selection …?NCAA singles qualifier … Withdrew from the NCAAs due to a back injury … Won the Pac-10 Singles Championship, defeating No. 23 Allison Bradshaw of ASU, 6-1, 6-1 … Only player in the women’s draw not to drop a set the entire tournament …?UCLA’s No. 1 singles player the entire season …?Only Bruin to surpass the 30-win plateau … Finished the season with a 35-10 overall record, including a 16-5 mark in dual-match play …?Upset No. 1-ranked Kristina Kraszewski, 6-0, 6-1 in a dual match on Apr. 14 …?Won the National Collegiate Tennis Classic, defeating No. 4 Jewel Peterson of USC, 7-5, 6-0 …?Featured the following week in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” section …?Won the Flight I consolation finals at the Pac-10 Indoors … Recorded a 16-match winning streak from Jan. 8 to Mar. 1 …?Teamed with Amanda Basica to form UCLA’s No. 1 doubles team, owning a 12-6 overall record … NCAA Doubles qualifier …?The duo was forced to pull out of NCAAs due to injury … Reached the finals at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic … Debuted at No. 66 in the preseason ITA singles rankings …?UCLA’s top performer in fall action, posting a 7-3 overall mark …?Worked her way through qualifying to reach the main draw at the Riviera All-American … Reached the consolation final, falling to Cal’s Anita Kurimay, 6-3, 6-2 … Also advanced to the second round at the ITA Regionals …?Teamed with Petya Marinova, going 5-2 in fall doubles action … Won five-straight matches in qualifying to reach the main draw at the Riviera.

High School / Juniors — Played two years of tennis at Franklin High School in El Paso, TX …?Won the Texas State Championship her freshman and sophomore years, never losing a high school match …?Member of Team USA in 1999 …?Ranked No. 3 in the nation in girls 18’s singles in 1998 …?Participated in the junior U.S. Open and Italian Open Championships … Won the USTA Girls National 16 Indoors in Houston, TX … Set the record for consecutive Fiesta Bowl victories, capturing the title three years in a row …?Ranked No. 1 in the Southwest Region her entire junior career … Reached the finals at the Girls 18’s National Claycourts in 1998 … Saw limited action in her final season of junior competition while participating in various professional Challenger and Satellite tournaments … Won El Paso’s $10,000 satellite tournament.

Personal — Full name is Sara Gaynor Walker …?Born October 22, 1980 in El Paso, TX …?Parents are Ross and Terry Walker … Comes from a tennis family … Brother Scott is a freshman tennis player at the University of Texas … Father played tennis for the University of Houston and grandfather also played for the University of Texas …?Considers Monica Seles the person she most admires …?Sociology major.


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