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  Sara Walker
School: UCLA
Year: Junior
Home Town: El Paso, TX
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High School: Franklin HS
Height: 5-7
Birth Date: Wednesday, October 22, 1980
Dominant Hand: Right
Major: Sociology
Singles Record: 82-33
Doubles Record: 62-35
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.