May 23, 2018

Sanford Competes in NCAA Singles Championship


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anna Sanford, a senior on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, closed out her Buckeye career Wednesday in the NCAA Singles Championship in Winston-Salem, N.C.

In the opening round of the tournament, the Westerville, Ohio, native fell to No. 30-ranked Anna Turati of Texas. The Longhorn claimed the first set, 6-0. In the second Turati took a 2-0 lead before Sanford won the next two games. The players traded breaks for 3-3 and then each served out to force a tiebreaker. Turati won the first four points in the breaker before three straight points from No. 57-ranked Sanford for 4-3. Turati regained control and won the final three points for the match.

Sanford was the fourth Ohio State player to compete in the NCAA singles tournament and also was selected for the NCAA Doubles Championship in 2016.

Sanford, a four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection (one of three Buckeyes to be honored four times), ends her career 84-50 overall in singles and 91-49 in doubles. She is tied for seventh in program history in career doubles and career combined singles/doubles wins and ranks ninth all-time in singles victories. She is tied for sixth with 65 doubles dual match wins and tied for eighth with 62 singles dual match victories. This season Sanford was 21-11 overall in singles.

She is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and will be a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection as a neuroscience major.