Anne Keothavong, Great Britain's No. 2-ranked singles player, sometimes goes by the nickname, "Special K." The Newport Beach Breakers sure hope the tennis player will be special for them.
The Breakers selected Keothavong with the first overall pick in the World Team Tennis Roster Player Draft Tuesday. Keothavong, 27, ranked No. 109 by the International Tennis Federation will make her WTT debut this July.
Since turning pro in 2001, Keothavong has won 17 ITF singles titles and five ITF doubles titles in her career. In February 2009, she reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 48 and has been a long-standing Fed Cup player for Britain during the past decade.
Earlier this year, she qualified for the Australian Open and made second-round appearances at both Memphis and Auckland. Recently, she lost in the first round of qualifying at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The Breakers selected Lester Cook with their second pick, bringing back a familiar face from last year's team. Cook was the Breakers' men's singles player in 2010, when Newport Beach finished 5-9.