ITA Player Profile: Sabrina Santamaria, USC

ITA Player Profile: Sabrina Santamaria, USC

Junior Sabrina Santamaria of USC is an ITA All-American in singles and doubles in both 2012 and 2013. She and her partner Kaitlyn Christian became the first women’s team to successfully complete the triple-crown, which consists of winning the three major tournaments throughout the year. The pair won the 2012 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships, 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and 2013 NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship. Their NCAA title was USC’s first women’s title in school history. They finished the season with a staggering 37-1 overall record which ultimately led to the No. 1 overall ranking in the ITA NCAA Division I Doubles Rankings. The ITA spoke with Sabrina during the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to hear about her first moments on a tennis court and where we'd find her when she's not playing tennis.

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How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I was about 4 years old when my dad took me to our local park and I just started whacking around balls.

What is your earliest memory of watching or playing the game?
I remember when I was 5 or 6 I went to UCLA for the LA men’s tennis open. I watched Andre Agassi practice. I was front and center, peeking through the fence and he walks up to me and crouches down and stares right at me. It was the best moment ever.

What's your favorite shot on court?I love my forehand, just whacking it as hard as I can. It’s kind of fun.

When I'm off the court you will find me...

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray?
Federer, all the way.

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Serena, Vika, Maria or Li Na?

Favorite song on my iPod right now?
There’s a song called ‘Do My Thing’ by Miley Cyrus that gets me pumped right now.

I really need to stop eating...
There’s this really good German sausage place in downtown LA that my teammates and I go to about every other day. It’s called Wurstküche and it’s amazing. Also we eat all –you can eat Korean BBQ all the time in Koreatown.

The last time I screamed at the TV was...
I don’t really watch a lot of TV too often actually.

If you could play tennis against any other player throughout history, who would it be?
I’d like to have a shot at Serena.

Best nickname I ever had...
They just call me Sabs.

What has been your favorite/funniest moment in college tennis so far?
Last year in the semifinals of the NCAAs we were playing doubles together. It was a really close match and I had this forehand and my partner Kaitlyn is at the net and she’s all over the play. I hit the forehand as hard as I could and I accidentally hit her in the back of the head and it was really funny for me, not so much for her.

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