July 22, 2010
HOUSTON - Continuing her professional career after her standout playing days at the University of Houston, former Cougar Sarah Borwell is spending this summer as a member of the New York Buzz in the World Team Tennis Pro League.
Borwell, who played for the Cougars from 1999-2002, is in her first season with the Buzz joining forces with teammates Martina Hingis, Alez Domijan, Scoville Jenkins and Yvette Hynhman. The Buzz are coached by Jay Udwadia, who also leads the men's tennis program at Fresno State.
"It has been an amazing experience for me, to be able to play doubles with a former grand slam winner," said Borwell. "Seeing the type of winners' mentality Martina Hingis still has, makes you realize what it takes to be the very best. With the constant pressure of playing each point as if it were a break point, I feel ready to compete in my upcoming WTA tour tournaments. To say that in the last three weeks I have competed against Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, John McEnroe, Leander Paes and played doubles with Martina Hingis, is pretty incredible."
WTT brings together some of the biggest names in professional tennis for an innovative co-ed format. The league features the Buzz, Boston Lobsters, New York Sportimes, Philadelphia Freedoms and Washington Kastles of the Eastern Conference along with the Western Conference's Kansas City Explorers, Newport Beach Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, St. Louis Aces and Springfield Lasers.
The WTT Pro League is in its 35th season of play in 2010. Tennis legend Billie Jean King and Larry King created the unique gender-equity team concept in the early 1970s. The WTT Pro League first hit the courts in 1974 for a five-year run. After a short hiatus, the League returned in 1981 and has been a highlight of the annual U.S. tennis calendar for the past 29 years.
Borwell is currently ranked as the No. 1 British doubles player and No. 69 in the world doubles rankings. She has appeared in the Wimbledon doubles draw for eight straight years (2003-2010), while also participating in the singles field of the 2005 and 2006 Wimbledon Championships, reaching the second round in 2006. She has also completed in doubles play at the 2009 U.S. Open, the French Open in both 2009 and 2010 and the 2010 Australian Open, where she reached the second round. The Middlesbrough, England, native finished her time at UH with a career singles record of 130-56, ranking her second in program history for wins. In addition, Borwell, along with partner Galina Seliounina, also ranks eighth in program history with 26 career doubles wins.
Current UH head coach John Severance coached Borwell during her senior year as the Cougars' assistant coach, while current UH assistant Jo Keene was a teammate of Borwell.