Summer Success For Women of Troy|
Aug. 25, 2011
While most students went home to enjoy their summers, current and former members of the USC women's tennis team were busy practicing and playing in various tournaments around the world.
Two incoming freshmen both posted impressive summer showings on their way into their first years at Troy. San Diego product Zoe Scandalis clocked in as the No. 965 ranked player in the WTA. She qualified for the WTA Carlsbad Mercury Insurance Open by defeating 147th ranked Kai-Chen Chang 7-5, 6-1. The following week, Scandalis defeated Teran Alvarez, the 210th ranked player in the WTA Bronx Open. Another Trojan freshman, Sabrina Santamaria, was the ITF Evansville Open doubles champion. A Los Angeles native Santamaria and her partner defeated Nadia Echeverria Alam and Elizabeth Ferris 6-4, 4-6 (11-9) in the final.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, junior Valeria Pulido won a bronze medal in doubles at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, while playing for her home country of Mexico.
2011 Pac-10 Player of the Year Maria Sanchez, playing for the St. Louis Aces, led the World Team Tennis league with a .694 winning percentage. Tennis icon Martina Hingis was one of Sanchez' notable opponents in the WTT. Another recent Trojan grad and leader with the Women of Troy, Amanda Fink, qualified for and reached the finals of Lexington Kentucky Open.