Amanda Fink Shines In Big ITF Summer Tourneys

July 21, 2008

Fresh off a strong junior season at USC, Amanda Fink has notched a powerful summer for herself playing as an amateur in several distinguished International Tennis Federation Women's Circuit tournaments across the country. A wildcard into the main draw in Allentown, Pa., Fink reached the final of that tournament before recently capturing the title at competition in Atlanta.

As Fink enters her senior season at Troy, the talented lefty has accumulated a 102-34 career singles record and finished the 2008 season ranked No. 5 nationally.

This summer, Fink has competed in three tournaments, beginning with a $50,000 tourney in Boston, where she won three rounds in qualifying before falling in the first round of the main draw.

In Allentown, Pa., another $50,000 tourney, Fink was a wildcard in the main draw and advanced to her first-ever final. Unranked, Fink beat four players ranked No. 315 or better: No. 315 Carly Gullickson, No. 137 Varvara Lepchenko, No. 284 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and No. 256 Lauren Albanese. Fink took down Albanese with relative ease in the semifinal, winning 6-3, 6-4 to move into the final against Venezuela's Milagros Sequera, to whom she lost 6-2, 6-0.

Two weeks later, Fink headed to Atlanta, Ga., for a $10,000 tournament, breezing to the title in straight sets. On the way, Fink faced former Baylor star Zuzana Zemenova in the quarterfinals, and the Trojan posted a 6-2, 6-3 with over her past collegiate opponent. In the final, Fink pounded out a 6-3, 6-2 win over Bulgaria's Svetlana Krivencheva to claim the championship win.

Fink is not the only Trojan to reign supreme in summer tourneys, however. Sophomore-to-be Maria Sanchez also worked into a final and claimed a tournament title of her own this wee. Earlier this summer, Sanchez made a deep run at the Women's Open Southern California Sectionals. Playing for a wildcard entry into this week's prestigious East West Bank Classic in Carson, Calif., Sanchez came up against former Trojan Dianne Matias in the quarterfinals. Sanchez won three matches in straight sets before falling in three to Katsiaryna Zheltova in the final.

At a recent tournament in Aptos, Calif., the young Trojan won the title of the Comerica Challenger, topping defending champ Page Bartelt in the final to notch another strong tournament finish for the Women of Troy. Sanchez posted a 27-11 singles record in her freshman season at Troy, ranking No. 96 in the nation.

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