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Sabs & KK (former USC & NCAA Doubles Champs)

Neither Sabrina Santamaria or Kaitlyn Christian would be expected to make a big splash in the WTA as a singles player or perhaps, even as another doubles player, but together combined as a doubles team there is a unique chemistry that I've been wondering for a long time, whether that would translate to success on the WTA tour, as they won every possible title on the college level, as noted by Joey Dillon.

They're both headed to their first WTA final at AbiertoTelcel.
Off to a blazing start this year, already winning the 100k in Midland/ITF and making it to the SF at Newport Beach/WTA.

Sabs has a blog out. KK hasn't kept quiet either, as she filled-in as a double in a movie about BJK, Battle of the Sexes.

They're both one of the most interesting doubles players out there, certainly fun to watch with Sab's defensive lobs from the backcourt and with KK swarming at the net. You are more likely expect to see them play at public tennis court and not a private and exclusive tennis club.
I don't know if there's a better "odd couple" out there, especially who has been playing together since they were juniors and in college.

I'm definitely rooting for them!!!

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Playing against Heather Watson and Tatjana Maria in the Finals

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They are definitely my favourite doubles team ever. The first time I watched them in the Newport Beach R1, I was really unimpressed by their game, but I'm so glad it turned out that they just had an off day.

The control Christian has on her return lobs is insane. I believe she did not miss a single one in the semis, which is remarkable against servers like Puig and Stephens.
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They came back in the 2nd set to force the tiebreaker, but came up short...
This is a good stepping stone, as I expect they'll be back with still lots to improve upon!







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I only saw the match tiebreak and they played so bad, but maybe it's not surprising in their first big WTA final. I still love them and can't wait to see them keep moving up!

I don't know what the chances are but it would be awesome if they could get a WC into IW.
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It says a lot about their potential that they took this match to three even though neither of them were near their best today. Christian's volleying wasn't as sharp as usual, while Santamaria was inconsistent off the ground and couldn't set up easy volleys for Christian as much as they would've liked. A great week for them nevertheless
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I only saw the match tiebreak and they played so bad, but maybe it's not surprising in their first big WTA final. I still love them and can't wait to see them keep moving up!

I don't know what the chances are but it would be awesome if they could get a WC into IW.
I watched the last 2 games in the second set and on.
It looked like KK was carrying alot of the weight, almost like it was 2 on 1.
Sabs didn't look as sharp, almost practically flat today.

I take it as a win, winning that 2nd set and taking it to the tie-breaker.
When you consider that they're playing against higher ranked singles players, their service game is at a big disadvantage, especially KK's serving, although her return of serves looked better than Sabs today.

Indian Wells is offering a million dollar bonus if a player can sweep both singles and doubles titles, so expect a lot of singles players signing-up for doubles.

Hope Sabs & KK can get a WC...
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Another nice run this week for Sabs and KK

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Winners of 100k Cagnes-Sur-Mer

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Re: Sabs & KK (former USC & NCAA Doubles Champs)

They're on the rise with Sabs climbing to #59 (from 88), while KK is climbing to #49 (from 59).
KK finished college at USC, a year earlier than Sabs.
I was anxious to see them pair together, as initially they started with other doubles partners, but seemed to be back together, continuing the success they had at USC, which is great to see from college players, who really never played on the pro level, until after college. Better late than never!!!


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