From the USTAâ€“ The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that American Samantha Crawford of Atlanta, Ga., captured the 2012 US Open Girlsâ€™ Junior Championship with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over No. 12 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sunday. Crawford, who currently trains at the USTA National Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla., is the second consecutive American to win the US Open Junior Girlsâ€™ title, and the third in the past five years.
â€œWe are extremely proud of Sam and the total team effort of her family, coach Kathy Rinaldi and the entire USTA Player Development team Boca Raton,â€ said USTA General Manager, Player Development Patrick McEnroe.
Crawford follows Grace Min, in 2011, and CoCo Vandeweghe, in 2008, as Americans to win US Open Junior titles in the last five years. Crawfordâ€™s victory also completes an American sweep of the 2012 US Open Junior Girlsâ€™ titles after Taylor Townsend, of Jonesboro, Ga., and Gabrielle Andrews, of Pomona, Calif., won the doubles championship on Saturday.
Crawford, a 17-year-old wild card in the 2012 US Open Junior Championship, defeated five of the Top 12 seeds to win her first major girlsâ€™ singles title and cap an impressive summer. Crawford, as a wild card, qualified for the US Open singles main draw and took Great Britainâ€™s Laura Robson to a second-set tiebreak in the first round. She also played in the US Open womenâ€™s doubles and mixed doubles main draws, earning a wild card entry into the former after winning the USTA Girlsâ€™ 18s Nationals doubles title with partner Allie Kiick, of Plantation, Fla.
Crawford was playing in just her fifth ITF world junior circuit event of the year. Prior to the US Open, she played in two USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 events in 2012, reaching the final in Yakima, Wash., and the semifinal in Sacramento.