Agent Atleta Player Updates

Week of September 18, 2017

Irina Falconi @irinafalconi (USA): Captured $100k title in Tampico, Mexico!

Maria Sanchez @mariavs10 (USA): Reached final of $80k in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Deiton Baughman @deiton_baughman (USA): Competing at Tiburon Challenger $100k

Entries in USC Women's Tennis (7)



Longtime Agent Atleta client Maria Sanchez enjoyed a successful week at the $80,000 ITF in Albquerque, New Mexico, reaching the singles final where she succumbed to fellow American Emina Bektas.  In the opening round, Sanchez defeated No. 1 seed and top 100 player Victorija Golubic, and used the upset victory as a springboard to reach her first ITF singles final of 2017.

"It is nice to see the hard work pay off after a challenging season," the fomer USC Trojan star said.  I had high hopes to finish the year strong, and this is obviously a big step in that direction."

Sanchez earned 70 precious rankings points and will see her world ranking rise from No. 353 to No. 281, as she makes a push to for the qualifying draw at the 2018 Australian Open. 



Agent Atleta client Maria Sanchez captured the BNP Paribas Challenge, storming through a decidedly competitive field to earn a wild card into the qualifying draw at the prestigious BNP Paribas Open.  

Sanchez, who hails from nearby USC where she topped the college rankings, was riding a wave of momentum heading into the Challenge, having won 10 of her last 12 matches on the ITF Pro Circuit.  

In addition to competing in singles at the BNP Paribas Open, Sanchez is entered in the main draw doubles with Oksana Klashnikova.


Sanchez Featured by ESPN Deportes

Agent Atleta client Maria Sanchez was recently chroniced by ESPN Deportes.  Sanchez has roots in Mexico where she was first introduced to tennis while living in Guadalajara.  The article notes that Sanchez is among a number of prominent Mexican-American athletes, including fellow former Trojan Mark Sanchez (no relation), whose families left Mexico at some point in search of better opportunities in the U.S.  

Sanchez is currently competing in the WTA Abierto Monterrey, which prompted the piece.  Sanchez recently cracked the top 100 in doubles, and is ranked No. 25 as team (partnering Sharon Fichman) in the latest WTA World Doubles rankings released on Monday, March 31, 2014. 

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Sanchez Captures First WTA Doubles Title in Auckland

Agent Atleta client Maria Sanchez started 2014 with a bang, capturing the doubles title at the WTA ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.  Maria and first-time doubles partner Sharon Fichman went through the draw unseeded, dropping just one set en route to the championship.  The improbable duo defeated the formidable pair of Lucie Hradecka and Michaella Krajicek in the final, 2-6, 6-0, 10-4 before a sold out crowd in Auckland.  Sanchez and Fichman earlier dismissed No. 1 seed Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Safarova.

"It feels great to get my first WTA doubles title," said Sanchez.  "Sharon and I really clicked all week.  Hopefully, we can play some more events together down the road and build on this success."  




Competing for the first time on grass in her young career, Agent Atleta client Maria Sanchez quickly transitioned to the maiden surface by capturing an ITF doubles title, the seventh of her career, at the $75,000 event in Nottingham, England, with first-time partner Nicola Slater (GBR).  

Sanchez piggybacked on her doubles success by reeling off four straight singles matches to reach the third round of the AEGON Classic as a qualifier.  This result is anticipated to launch Sanchez, a former USC All-American, to a new career high when the updated WTA world rankings are released on June 17.

Sanchez will test her burgeoning grass court skills for a final time this season at Wimbledon qualifying beginning June 18.