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Abi :bounce: :bounce:

I hope this gives Abi the confidence and drive to work hard on her game...
 

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Abigail Spears: Circuit Player of the Week
3/1/04 9:35 PM

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Abigail Spears
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Birthdate:
July 12, 1981
Birthplace: San Diego
Residence: Valley Center, Calif.
Height: 5’ 9”
Weight: 165 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed; two handed backhand
Turned pro: 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.


RANKING HISTORY
2003 – 225 (WTA)
2002 – 311 (WTA)
2001 – 262 (WTA)
2000 – 545 (WTA)

2004
  • 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.
2003
  • 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.
2002
  • 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.
2001
  • 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.
2000
  • Captured the first pro title of her career at the $10,000 Satellite event in Edmond, Okla.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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.
PERSONAL
  • 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.
 

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Discussion Starter #43
Abi plays Orange $50k#
she got a wc :D

plays Mariana Diaz Oliva in r1
good luck Abi :kiss: :hug:
 

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Discussion Starter #44
Abi bt Diaz Oliva 61 62 :yeah: :D

next rd vs Teryn Ashley

good luck Abi :kiss: :kiss:
 

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Discussion Starter #45
Abigail closing in on Top 150 :D
beat her good friend and sometimes doubles partner, Teryn Ashley 75 16 62 :yeah: :kiss: :hug:

go Abi ;) :D
good luck in QF vs Severine Beltrame :)
 

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Abi has really turned it up a notch this year...
 

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Discussion Starter #47
Abi lost in QF :sad: :bigcry:
dunno if she had any match pts but could have :mad:

lost 61 67(7) 46 to Beltrame :sad:
 

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Discussion Starter #48
good luck Abi in Redding 25k :)
she's 5th seed and plays WC Fusano 1st up

go Abigail :hug:
 

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omg Abi lost to Fusano :bigcry: :sad: :banghead: :sad: :(

fear not Abi, another good tourn for you is just around the corner :)
good luck in doubles for rest of week :) :wavey:
 

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Abi has definately stepped up her level this year :D Glad to see that she's been doing very well :yeah:

Will she play GS?
 

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Discussion Starter #51
Abigail using her feedup :yeah:

plays Zuzana Ondraskova in Casablanca
go Abi go !!!!!!!!!!!!!

you can beat her ;)
 

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Abi lost her match last week in Casablanca in 3 sets to Gubacsi :( :sad:

this week
Abi won her 1st qual match in charleston
6-2 1-6 6-4 vs Sequera :yeah:

well done Abi ;)
now she plays Teryn Ashley
good luck Abi tomorrow ;)
 

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Teryn Ashley d. Abigail Spears 62 36 62 :sad: :mad: :crying2:

10 Df's from Abi :( :(
 

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good luck Abi in Birmingham :) :kiss:

tough draw vs Stevenson 1st rd Q

go Abi :kiss:
 

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Abi won 7-6(1) 6-3 :banana: :D
well done Abi :kiss:

thanx :hug: now i get to see her tomorrow :)

good luck tomorrow ok :)
 

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Discussion Starter #56
Abi :( not been in too good form :( recently

lost in 3 sets to Linetskaya in Stanford.

good luck Abi in next tourn :)
time for some wins :)
 

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Abigail won her 1st qual match in LA :banana:

6-3 6-2 vs Shuai Peng :woohoo: :yeah:

well done Abi :)
now she plays Eugenia Linetskaya

go Abi :)
 

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Discussion Starter #58
Abi qualified 6-4 6-2 win
well done Abi :kiss:
good luck in maindraw now
she plays Iveta Benesova
 

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Abi lost to Benesova 36 46 :sad: :(

good luck now in next event :)
 

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Discussion Starter #60
Abi's had quite a week in $50k Louisville ;)
into semis :)
hopefully she won her match today
 
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