Santamaria Takes Silver in Singles at the World University Games
July 16, 2013
KAZAN, Russia - USC junior Sabrina Santamaria earned a silver medal in singles tennis at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday.
Santamaria became the first U.S. female to win a singles silver medal since 1995.
Santamaria fell to Japan's Sachie Ishizu, ranked No. 217 in the world, 6-2, 7-5 in the match, coming from behind to almost force a decisive third set. The Los Angeles native rallied from a one-set deficit and a five-game hole in the second set to win five consecutive games. She had a chance to take her first lead in the 11th game of the second set, but had her serve broken for the sixth time and Ishizu served it out to secure the victory.
In her first six World University Games matches she had only dropped one set, defeating five opponents ranked in the top 900 in the world. The highlight of her run was a 7-5, 7-5 second round victory over No. 117 Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand.