Ben Rothenberg – The New York Times Tennis Columnist writes:
Path to Pros in Tennis Rarely Crosses Campus
“CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Although she stands a foot and a half shorter, at 5 feet 3 inches, it seemed fair to wonder if Robin Anderson might one day become the John Isner of the women’s game.”
Robin – a USTA Eastern player – has played many tournaments in our area. I rmember seeing her at the first National Open we held at Capital Region back in November of 2003. Robin finished fourth.
The article points out that “no one in the current WTA top 100 played college tennis.” John Isner, who played 4 years at Georgia is #16 on the Men’s Tour.
nderson, a sophomore who plays for U.C.L.A., blasted through her opposition at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I national women’s team indoor championship here this past weekend. Anderson won her first 22 games at the event, hitting powerful serves and ground strokes that might not be expected from a player her size.
“There are five women who played college tennis inside the top 200. Three of the four are rising quickly and have rankings that are career highs: the 2011 Southern California graduate Maria Sanchez is No. 114, the former Stanford player Mallory Burdette is No. 126, and the Stanford junior Nicole Gibbs is No. 199. No. 132 Julia Cohen, who has a career-high ranking of 97th, played at three different colleges. Irina Falconi, who spent two years at Georgia Tech, is ranked No. 140, down from a career-high No. 73 in 2011.”
Falconi is another USTA Eastern player.
Read the whole article – HERE