Abigail Spears: Circuit Player of the Week
3/1/04 9:35 PM
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July 12, 1981
Valley Center, Calif.
Right-handed; two handed backhand
October 2000 After winning three matches to qualify into the event, 22-year-old Abigail Spears of Valley Center, Calif., won the first USTA Challenger title of her career at the American Family Mortgage $50K, held Feb. 23-29 in St. Paul, Minn.
Spears, whose ranking jumped 41 spots to a career-high No. 157 with the victory, knocked off three seeded players en route to the championship, including No. 1 Kristina Brandi of Puerto Rico, 7-5, 3-2, ret., in the second round, No. 4 Lindsay Lee-Waters of Dunwoody, Ga., 6-4, 6-3, in the semifinals, and No. 2 Jill Craybas of Gainesville, Fla., 6-3, 6-4, in the final.
The title was the second of her career on the USTA Pro Circuit. Her first came at a $10,000 Satellite event in Edmond, Okla., in 2000.
In addition to winning her two USTA singles titles, Spears has also won five doubles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit. In 2003, she captured titles in Midland, Mich., and Jackson, Miss. In 2002, she won the championship in La Canada, Calif., and in 2001, she was victorious in Midlothian, Va., and Hattiesburg, Miss.
Spears also captured the first WTA title of her career last year in doubles at the ABC Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. Teaming with Teryn Ashley, the duo defeated top-10 doubles players Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0, in the final.
– 225 (WTA)
– 311 (WTA)
– 262 (WTA)
– 545 (WTA)
- Won the singles title at the $50,000 event in St. Paul, Minn., as a qualifier… Defeated three seeded players en route to the championship, including No. 1 Kristina Brandi of Puerto Rico, 7-5, 3-2, ret., in the second round, No. 4 Lindsay Lee-Waters of Dunwoody, Ga., 6-4, 6-3, in the semifinals and No. 2 Jill Craybas of Gainesville, Fla., 6-3, 6-4, in the final.
- Had success competing at a number of $25,000 Australian Circuit events in the fall… Results included winning the singles title in Mackay, Queensland, reaching semifinals in Port Pirie and Dalby and advancing to the quarterfinals in Rockhampton.
- Qualified into the Japan Open, before losing in the opening round to Emmanuelle Gagliardi, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
- Won the doubles title (with Teryn Ashley) at the $25,000 USTA event in Jackson, Miss.
- Qualified into the $50,000 USTA event in Mesa, Ariz…. Lost in the first round of the main draw to Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-2.
- Won the doubles title (with Teryn Ashley) at the $75,000 USTA event in Midland, Mich.
- Won her first Tour title in doubles at the ABC Classic in Auckland, New Zealand… Teamed with Teryn Ashley to defeat top-10 doubles players Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0, in the final.
- As a qualifier, advanced to the second round of the $50,000 USTA event in Fresno, Calif., where she fell to Teryn Ashley, 7-5, 7-5.
- Qualified into the WTA Tour event in Waikoloa, Hawaii, before falling to Marissa Irvin, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the first round.
- Qualified into the $25,000 ITF event in Surbuton, Great Britain, but lost in the first round to Renata Kolbovic, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
- Won the doubles title (with Kim Grant) at the $25,000 USTA event in La Canada, Calif.
- Qualified into the $50,000 USTA event in Hattiesburg, Miss., but fell to Eva Krejcova, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round.
- Advanced to the quarterfinals of the $50,000 USTA event in Fresno, Calif… Lost to Jana Nejedly, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
- Qualified into the WTA event in Quebec City, Canada, before losing in the first round to Adriana Serra Zanetti, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
- Qualified into the $25,000 USTA event in College Park, Md., but lost in the first round to Svetlana Krivencheva, 6-4, 6-4…
- Defeated Jackie Trail in the third round of qualifying, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
- Was a quarterfinalist at the $25,000 USTA event in Jackson, Miss., where she fell to Ashley Harkleroad, 6-4, 6-4.
- Reached the semifinals of the $25,000 USTA event in Allentown, Pa., losing to Irina Selyutina, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
- Captured the first pro title of her career at the $10,000 Satellite event in Edmond, Okla.
- Played for UCLA during the 1999-2000 season and accumulated an overall record of 28-11.
- Reached the NCAA quarterfinals before losing to Stanford.
- Named a Pac-10 honorable mention.
- Father, C.L. Mother, Margo. Older sister, Ali.
- Began playing tennis at age eight.
- An all-court player, her best playing surface is grass, followed by hard court.
- Is sponsored by Head (racquet) and K-Swiss (clothing and shoes).
- Is coached by Vic Braden, Ray Ruffels and her father.
- Enjoys the beach and surfing in her spare time.
- Graduated from Escondido Charter High School in 1999.