April 4, 2017
Anna Sanford, a native of Westerville, Ohio, and graduate of Olentangy Orange High School, is a junior on the No. 2-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis team (19-2, 5-0 B1G). She is ranked 54th in singles and pairs with Francesca Di Lorenzo as the No. 63-ranked doubles team. Sanford and Miho Kowase won the 2015 ITA Midwest Regional title a season ago, the first regional title in program history, and earned a berth into the NCAA Doubles Championship. She is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and is expected to be a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. In her Buckeye career, Sanford has 57 singles wins and 60 doubles victories.
How did you decide to come to OSU?
When I came on my visit the tennis coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, players and academic staff were all very welcoming. They truly demonstrated the excellent opportunities and family-like environment that Ohio State has to offer which made it very easy to choose the Scarlet and Gray.
How long have you been doing your sport?
I have been playing tennis for 16 years.
Do you have any pre-game/match superstitions or rituals?
Before every match everyone on our team goes in our team room and we all listen to music and dance to get pumped up before matches.
What is your favorite part about your sport?
Our team has great team chemistry. So my favorite part about being on such a wonderful team is getting to compete with such a great group of girls.
What is the hardest thing about sport?
The hardest part about tennis is probably not being able to help your teammates if they are in a close match. Once the person is on the court the only thing a teammate can do is cheer so it is very nerve-racking for everyone involved.
How do you balance athletics and academics?
Balancing athletics and academics has definitely become easier throughout my time here. Staying ahead of my workload and using travel time helps me maintain a nice balance.
Why did you choose your major?
I chose Behavioral Neuroscience because I love learning about how different medications and situations affect the brain and our behaviors. As nerdy as that sounds!
What is your favorite study spot on campus?
The Oval during the fall time. When the leaves start to change color it looks really beautiful.
What is your favorite class you have taken here so far?
My favorite class I have taken at Ohio State is Criticizing Television. I love getting to watch different movies and it was fun to look at them in a different way than I normally do.
What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about?
I want to travel when I get done with school and one of the places I would like to go is Egypt.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I do not really have a favorite food! I am always open to try new things!
Who do you most admire and why?
I admire my parents the most. Seeing the sacrifices and hard work they do on a daily basis to make my sister’s and my life so wonderful is truly admirable.
Describe OSU in one word.