Stats Corner: Carrying Over College Glory

Irina Falconi is the most recent National College Player of the Year to have success on the WTA as well.

Published September 01, 2011 10:26

Stats Corner: Carrying Over College Glory
Irina Falconi

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Most WTA stars have gone straight from the juniors to the pros, but there have been some who seasoned their games in college first. A recent example of that is Irina Falconi, who had a phenomenal two years at Georgia Tech - highlighted by winning the Campbell/ITA National College Player of the Year award - before turning pro in 2010.

Falconi has opened a lot of eyes with her performance so far at this year's US Open, where she is into the third round. Here is a list of all the college players of the year, along with their highlights at the next level:

Year Player Of Year (School) Pro Highlights
1982 Vicki Nelson-Dunbar (Rollins) 1 Singles Title
1983 Beth Herr (USC) 1 Singles Title, 4 Doubles Titles
1984-'85 Gretchen Magers (Trinity) 2 Singles Titles, 4 Doubles Titles
1986 Caroline Kuhlman (USC) 1 Singles R-Up
1987 Patty Fendick (Stanford) 3 Singles Titles, 25 Doubles Titles
1988 Halle Carroll (Florida) 1 Singles Title, 1 Doubles Title
1989 Tami Whitlinger Jones (Stanford) 3 Doubles R-Ups
1990 Debbie Graham (Stanford) 5 Doubles Titles
1991 Sandra Birch (Stanford) 1 Doubles R-Up
1992-'93 Lisa Raymond (Florida) 4 Singles Titles, 71 Doubles Titles
1994 Angela Lettiere (Georgia) 1 Doubles R-Up
1995 Keri Phebus (UCLA) 1 ITF Singles Title, 4 ITF Doubles Titles
1996 Jill Craybas (Florida) 1 Singles Title, 4 Doubles Titles
1997 Lilia Osterloh (Stanford) 3 Doubles Titles
1998 Vanessa Webb (Duke) 1 Doubles R-Up
1999 Zuzana Lesenarova (San Diego) 3 ITF Singles Titles, 2 ITF Doubles Titles
2000-'01 Laura Granville (Stanford) 1 Singles R-Up
2002 Bea Bielik (Wake Forest) 1 ITF Doubles R-Up
2003-'04 Amber Liu (Stanford) 2 ITF Singles Titles
2005 Megan Bradley (Miami) 1 ITF Singles Title
2006-'07 Audra Cohen (Miami) 1 Singles QF
2008 Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech) 2 ITF Singles Titles, 3 ITF Doubles Titles
2009 Mallory Cecil (Duke) 2 ITF Singles Titles, 2 ITF Doubles Titles
2010 Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech) 1 Singles SF
2011 Jana Juricova (California) 1 ITF Singles Title, 2 ITF Doubles Titles

Notes: Pro Highlights are for WTA events unless otherwise noted ... Five of Raymond's doubles titles have been majors and one of Fendick's was.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Wozniacki Wins Sharapova Blockbuster

    August 31, 2014
    Caroline Wozniacki, who reached her first Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2009, lit up the New York crowds on Sunday with an electric win over Maria Sharapova.
  • Errani Ends Lucic-Baroni Run

    August 31, 2014
    Sara Errani ended Mirjana Lucic-Baroni's fairytale run at the US Open with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 win on Sunday.
  • Williams Sisters Stroll Past No.12 Seeds

    August 31, 2014
    Serena and Venus Williams strolled past Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro on Sunday afternoon and into the quarterfinals of the US Open doubles.
To The Top