Maria Sanchez Opens 2011 As Pac-10 Player of the Week|
Jan. 18, 2011
Sanchez roared through the singles bracket as the top seed, beating No. 2 Olivia Janowicz of Florida 6-3, 6-0 in the championship in Las Vegas, Nev. On the way to the singles crown, Sanchez beat players from Oregon, UNLV, Arizona State and Stanford. In doubles, Sanchez secured her championship sweep alongside freshman teammate Kaitlyn Christian, as the No. 3 seeded Trojan pair beat teams from North Carolina, Stanford and ASU on the way to beating UCLA's Jones/Johansson 8-4 in the championship match.
This is the third career Pac-10 Player of the Week award for Sanchez, who won it twice last season as a junior. She currently holds a 15-1 overall record in singles this season, and has gone 8-1 in doubles with Christian.