Sandra Birch
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Sandra Birch
Sandra Birch
Full nameSandra Birch-Krusos
Country (sports) United States
Born (1969-09-03) September 3, 1969 (age 51)
Bolton, England [1]
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) [1]
PlaysRight-handed [1]
Prize money$30,201
Highest rankingNo. 187 (September 11, 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open1R (1989, 1991)
Highest rankingNo. 163 (September 11, 1989)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open2R (1989)

Sandra Birch-Krusos (born September 3, 1969) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. She is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.


Birch, who was raised in Huntington Bay on Long Island, was runner-up to Natasha Zvereva in the girls' singles at the 1987 US Open.[2]

From 1988 to 1991 she played collegiate tennis for Stanford University and was a member of the championship winning teams in each of those four seasons. She was a two-time NCAA Division I singles champion. In 1989, she beat Jennifer Santrock to win her first singles championship, and she was runner-up in the doubles.[3] Her second championship was won in 1991 as a senior, over Lisa Albano in the final.[4] While at Stanford, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's best female tennis player in 1991.[5][6]

Both championship wins earned her a wildcard into the US Open main draw. She was beaten in the first round by Conchita Martínez in 1989 and Manuela Maleeva in 1991.[7]

While at Stanford, she competed in several WTA Tour professional tournaments, most notably the 1989 OTB Open held in Schenectady, where she was a singles quarterfinalist and runner-up in the doubles with Debbie Graham.[8]

WTA Tour finals

Doubles (0-1)

Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss July, 1989 Schenectady, U.S. Category 1 Hard United States Debbie Graham Australia Michelle Jaggard
United States Hu Na
3-6, 2-6


  1. ^ a b c Bloch Shallouf, Renee; Reynolds, Robyn, eds. (1990). 1990 Women's International Tennis Association Media Guide. Miami: WITA. pp. 292-293.
  2. ^ "Scoreboard". Poughkeepsie Journal. September 13, 1987. p. 4C. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Dame, Mike (May 19, 1989). "Stanford's Birch Wins Singles Title". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Stanford's Birch Wins Second NCAA Title". Los Angeles Times. May 17, 1991. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Tennis". CWSA. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "UT LADY VOL VILMARIE CASTELLVI RECEIVES HONDA SPORTS AWARD FOR TENNIS". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "A Look Back at the U.S. Open". Long Island Tennis Magazine. July 1, 2009. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "ITF Tennis - Pro Circuit - Schenectady - 24 July - 30 July 1989". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2018.

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