June 23, 2017

USTA Girls’ 16s and 18s National Championships Set for August 5-13 in San Diego

18s Singles and Doubles Champions to Receive US Open Main Draw Wild Cards

San Diego, Calif. – (June 21, 2017) – The United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, which will feature the top junior players in the country, will be played August 5-13, 2017 at the Barnes Tennis Center, located at 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92107.

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well  as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion).  The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The USTA has named San Diego resident Lornie Kuhle as the new Tournament Director of the Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships. Kuhle is the current Tournament Director of the ADIDAS Easter Bowl at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.

“We are working on making significant upgrades and improvements to this year’s event at the Barnes Tennis Center that will not only enhance the tournament experience for players, but for spectators as well,” said Kuhle. “We really want to make these USTA National Championships a fan-friendly event that San Diegans can attend and enjoy a unique tournament atmosphere.”

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 5 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 6 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 5. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be announced in July. The Opening Ceremony for the USTA National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Early-round tournament matches will also be played at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115 and the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104 from Saturday, Aug. 5 through Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and the Balboa Tennis Club, admission is free. There is a nominal charge for on-campus parking at SDSU. Parking regulations at the university will be strictly enforced. Parking is free at the Balboa Tennis Club.

A player entry list will be available in mid-July. To view the official tournament website, please go to: http://www.ustagirlsnationals.com/.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit.  Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

About George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center:
The Center is owned and operated by Youth Tennis San Diego. It was built in 1995 and completed in 1997. The $4.5 million junior tennis facility was made possible with generous public and private donations and is named after the lead donor family – the “George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center.” The Center, which is dedicated to the youth of San Diego, offers children 18 and under court priority over adults with advanced reservations.

About Youth Tennis San Diego:
Youth Tennis San Diego is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that has been in existence since 1952.  In 2016, Youth Tennis San Diego was recognized with the USTA Organization Member of the Year Award. The  award  is  given  annually  to  an  organization  that  provides  outstanding  service  to its members and  to the  local  community. YTSD was honored at the 2016 USTA Annual Meeting and Conference at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.  

The YTSD Mission is:  “To promote the educational, physical, and social development of all youth through organized tennis and educational activities.” Their community programs encourage youth participation, personal integrity, leadership, and competitive spirit in a friendly environment that builds responsible citizens.  YTSD provides thousands of youngsters each year the opportunity to play tennis after school at their neighborhood school. The After School Tennis program provides a safe haven for hundreds of youngsters who are not supervised after school. Through tennis, the children learn the success skills which will give them the confidence and self-esteem needed to confront the negative influences so often found on the streets where they live.


Alexandre Rotsaert Looking To Repeat Winning Carson Success at Adidas Easter Bowl

Alexandre Rotsaert Looking To Repeat Winning Carson Success at Adidas Easter Bowl


(March 29, 2017) INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Alexandre Rotsaert isn’t the most well-known American junior tennis player, but knows a few more wins at the 50th Annual Adidas Easter Bowl USTA Junior National Spring Championships this week would do a lot to change that.


The 17-year-old Rotsaert from Boca Raton, Fla., continued his winning ways as he beat Bill Duo, 6-0, 6-1, on Wednesday in the second round of ITF 18s singles action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Rotsaert’s winning streak reached eight straight as he captured the International Spring Championships in Carson last week.


Ranked No. 32 in the world ITF junior rankings, the No. 9 seeded Rotsaert doesn’t want the added pressure of being labeled a potential Next Generation ATP star. “I truly couldn’t care less if I was well-known or not,” he said. “It’s the juniors and it’s completely irrelevant what your ranking is unless you are top 10.”


He continued: “When I younger that may have mattered that people knew who I was, but now I don’t care. I just have to stay focused. Winning this tournament would be absolutely awesome for me. Gianni [Ross] did it last year, and Donald Young has done it. Plenty of players have. But at the end of the day you have to be able to take the next step and this is just one of them.”


Winning Carson was the biggest title Rotsaert has even won as he beat Ross in the final. “The first day [Monday] I’ve never gotten so many text in my life,” he said. “We had a nice meal and then forgot about it. My coach [Ernesto Ruiz] wants me focused on this week so we haven’t said a word about it. That tournament is irrelevant now. Now it’s a new week and a completely different tournament.”


Rotsaert played nearly flawless tennis in dropping just one game. “I thought I played really well today and was dictating and serving well and was being aggressive,” he said. “I didn’t make too many unforced errors which is important for me and a plus for me; was just really zoned in. I think the conditions were nice. It’s not too hot.”


He said he feels “not fresh” but “normal” after playing in a Sunday final and opening play Tuesday.


Rotsaert will next play Patrick Kypson in a tough quarterfinal on Thursday. The No. 4 seeded Riffice had no trouble eliminating Boris Kozlov, brother of ATP pro Stefan, 6-2, 6-1.


Moving on in Girls’ ITF 18s play were top-seeded Claire Liu, No. 3 Whitney Osuigwe and No. 6 Caty McNally. Upset included seeded girls’ players No. 9 Natash Subhash beaten by Alexa Noel, and No. 8 Nicole Mossmer taken out by unseeded Rachel Lim, 7-6 (5), 6-2


Finals will be contested in the Boys’ and Girls’ 12s and 14s on Thursday morning. In the Boys’ 14s semis, Alexander Bernard (No. 9 seed; Bonita Springs, Fla.) will face Aryan Chaudhary (No. 2; Santa Clara, Calif.) Bernard upset top-seeded Maxwell McKennon of Newport Beach, Calif., 6-3, 6-1 while Chaudhary needed three sets to gets past the son of former ATP doubles star Martin Damm, who goes by the same name.


In the Girls’ 14s semifinals, top-seeded Gianna Pielet of El Paso, Texas, will play Charlotte Owensby, the No. 8 seed from Boca Raton, Fla.


In the Boys’ 12s final, two unseeded players have advanced all the way to the finals with Kyle Fang of Fullerton, Calif., meeting Nishesh Basavareddy of Carmel, Ind.


In the Girls’ 12s final it will also be two unseeded player going at it as Priya Nelson of Sacramento, Calif., will face Eleana Yu of Mason, Ohio. Yu upset top-seeded Matilyn Wang of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-4, 6-2.


SIGHTINGS ON WEDNESDAY: Kent Kinnear, USTA Player Identification and Development Director; 15-time doubles Grand Slam champion Rosie Casals; USTA Director of Junior Tournament Bill Mountford;


In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, the tournament has a new and improved mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app. The live stream commentating duties are being provided by the popular Southern California tennis commentator Marcus Tennis. Check www.easterbowl.com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules.


USTA Wednesday’s Results (ITF 18s Boys’ and Girls’ PDF scores attached in email)

Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Alex Lee (11) (Oak Brook, IL) def. Cannon Kingsley (2) (Northport, NY) 7-6(5), 6-3

Ryder Jackson (8) (Nicasio, CA) def. Pierce Rollins (Tulsa, OK) 6-4, 6-3

Stefan Dostanic (13) (Irvine, CA) def. Nicholas Garcia (Hollywood, FL) 6-1, 6-3

Jacob Bullard (Calabasas, CA) def. Nathan Han (9) (Tulsa, OK) 6-3, 6-2

Nathan Arimilli (10) (Austin, TX) def. Eliot Spizzirri (Greenwich, CT) 6-3, 6-4

Andrew Dale (4) (Leesburg, VA) def. Marcus McDaniel (16) (Vacaville, CA) 6-1, 6-2

Leighton Allen (6) (Austin, TX) def. andres martin (Flowery Branch, GA) 6-0, 6-0

Brandon Nakashima (1) (San Diego, CA) def. Phillip Jordan (14) (Spartanburg, SC) 6-2, 6-2


Boys’ 16 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

Spencer Brachman / Jeffrey Fradkin def. Ryder Jackson / Alexander Kotzen 6-4, 7-5

Leighton Allen / Garrett Johns (4) def. Reed Crocker / Anish Sriniketh (5) 7-6(5), 7-5

Eliot Spizzirri / Spencer Whitaker def. Zachery Lim / Marcus McDaniel 1-6, 6-3, 10-4

Robert Cash / J J Mercer (1) def. Cannon Kingsley / Pierce Rollins 6-2, 6-2


Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Emma Navarro (5) (Charleston, SC) def. Marcella Cruz (Marlboro, NJ) 6-0, 6-2

Jayci Goldsmith (9) (Dripping Springs, TX) def. Chidimma Okpara (Vienna, VA) 6-4, 6-1

Eryn Cayetano (12) (Corona, CA) def. Addison Guevara (7) (Keller, TX) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Dasha Kourkina (2) (Brooklyn, NY) def. Elle Christensen (16) (Los Angeles, CA) 7-5, 6-3

Fiona Crawley (San Antonio, TX) def. Lauren Anzalotta (Trujillo Alto, PR) 6-0, 3-6, 6-4

Audrey Boch-Collins (11) (Las Vegas, NV) def. Yolanda Lin (Sammamish, WA) 6-3, 6-4

Sedona Gallagher (3) (Henderson, NV) def. Gabriella Cusano (Austin, TX) 6-3, 6-0

Ava Hrastar (8) (Duluth, GA) def. Kiana Graham (10) (Austin, TX) 6-2, 6-3


Girls’ 16 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

Sedona Gallagher / Jillian Taggart def. Ava Hrastar / Emma Navarro (2) 2-6, 6-4, 10-2 Najah Dawson / Rachel Wagner def. Ali Despain / Addison Guevara (3) 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 Gabriella Cusano / Jayci Goldsmith (4) def. Rosie Garcia Gross / Yashna Yellayi 6-2, 4-1 Ret (inj) Audrey Boch-Collins / Britt Pursell def. Eryn Cayetano / Giulia Hayer 1-6, 7-6, 10-4


Boys’ 14 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Alexander Bernard (9) (Bonita Springs, FL) def. Maxwell McKennon (1) (Newport Beach, CA) 6-3, 6-1

Aryan Chaudhary (2) (Santa Clara, CA) def. Martin Damm (Bradenton, FL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3


Boys’ 14 Doubles (Final Round)

Aryan Chaudhary / Timothy Li (3) def. Martin Damm / Aidan Mayo 7-5, 6-1


Boys’ 14 Doubles (Playoff)

Jameson Corsillo / Maxwell McKennon def. Grant Durham / Isaac Smith 6-1, 6-3


Girls’ 14 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Gianna Pielet (1) (El Paso, TX) def. Kailey Evans (6) (Ennis, TX) Wo (inj)

Charlotte Owensby (8) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Connie Ma (14) (Dublin, CA) 6-3, 6-3


Girls’ 14 Doubles (Final Round)

Kylie Collins / Gianna Pielet (1) def. Avery Durham / Allie Gretkowski 6-0, 6-4


Girls’ 14 Doubles (Playoff)

Amber Fuller / Sophia Strugnell def. Kailey Evans / Katherine Petty (2) Wo (inj)


Boys’ 12 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Kyle Kang (Fullerton, CA) def. Lucas Brown (3) (Plano, TX) 4-6, 6-1, 10-5

Nishesh Basavareddy (Carmel, IN) def. Cooper Williams (4) (New York, NY) 6-2, 6-4


Boys’ 12 Doubles (Final Round)

Landon Ardila / Nishesh Basavareddy def. Brock Anderson / John Kim 6-3, 7-6(4)


Boys’ 12 Doubles (Playoff)

Jelani Sarr / Cooper Williams (1) def. James Rico / learner tien (5) 6-2, 6-4


Girls’ 12 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Priya Nelson (Sacramento, CA) def. Violeta Martinez (9) (Port Saint Lucie, FL) 6-4, 2-6, 10-2

Eleana Yu (Mason, OH) def. Matilyn Wang (1) (Scottsdale, AZ) 6-4, 6-2


Girls’ 12 Doubles (Final Round)

Gracie Epps / Ireland Simme (5) def. Phoebe Peus / Matilyn Wang 6-3, 2-6, 10-6



Defending Champion Sofia Kenin Headlines Orange Bowl


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 30, 2015 – Defending champion and US Open girls’ finalist Sofia Kenin (17, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) headlines a talented Girls’ 18s field at next week’s Metropolia Orange Bowl that includes 2015 Grand Slam junior champions Dalma Galfi (US Open; Hungary), Sofya Zhuk (Wimbledon; Russia) and Tereza Mihalikova (Australian Open, Slovakia), along with a surplus of top American prospects. The 69th Metropolia Orange Bowl, featuring hundreds of premier 18-and-unders from around the world, will be played December 7-13 at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.


Regarded as the longest-running international junior tennis tournament in the world, the Orange Bowl features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls in 18-and-under and 16-and-under divisions. It will be played on clay – the surface on which it was played from 1947 to 1998 – for the fifth straight year. Boys’ and Girls’ 18s qualifying begins on Sat., Dec. 5.


A Girls’ 18s field teeming with talent could very well yield rematches of several 2015 junior Grand Slam singles finals – Galfi and Kenin are both entered, as are Mihalikova and Australian Open finalist Katie Swan, of Great Britain. Top American juniors such as 2014 Orange Bowl Girls’ 18s finalist Ingrid Neel (17, Rochester, Minn.), Top-10 world-ranked junior Usue Arconada (17, College Park, Md.), 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Michaela Gordon (16, Los Altos Hills, Calif.), 2014 US Open semifinalist Caroline Dolehide (17, Hinsdale, Ill.), 2014 USTA Girls’ 16s National Champion Kayla Day (16, Santa Barbara, Calif.), and Claire Liu (15, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), the youngest player in the Top 600 of the WTA rankings, are also expected to compete.


The Boys’ 18s field features talented international prospects, such as 2015 US Open doubles champion Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, 2014 Orange Bowl Boys’ 18s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece and Casper Ruud, of Norway. Top college-bound American boys, such as TCU recruit Alex Rybakov (18, Coral Springs, Fla.) and Georgia recruit Nathan Ponwith (17, Scottsdale, Ariz.), join the next wave of U.S. prospects in this year’s field, led by 2014 Boys’ 16s champion Sam Riffice (16, Roseville, Calif.).


Metropolia returns for the third year as title sponsor of the Orange Bowl. A multinational organization with sectors in finance, infrastructure projects, information technology and sports business, Metropolia has its United States headquarters in Miami and formed a partnership to help operate the full-service Tier One Tennis Academy in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Orange Bowl returned to clay in 2011 for the first time since 1998, when it moved from the clay courts at Flamingo Park in Miami Beach to the hard courts of its previous location at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne. Many players compete in the Eddie Herr junior championships in Bradenton, Fla., the week prior to competing in the Orange Bowl.


Founded by Eddie Herr in 1947, the Orange Bowl quickly became one of the premier international junior events in the world and an annual showcase for the global scope of the game.  Players from more than 50 countries have competed in the tournament, and champions have emerged from 28 different nations.  A number of Orange Bowl champions have used the occasion to announce plans to turn professional.


Past winners of the Orange Bowl 18-and-under singles titles include: Chris Evert (1969, 1970), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1985), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995). Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000, 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003), Nicole Vaidisova (2003) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005) all won the event on hard courts.


For more information on the 2015 Orange Bowl, visit www.orangebowltennis.org.


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Q & A: Catching Up with Taylor Townsend at Roland Garros


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(June 5, 2013) PARIS – Being at Roland Garros is not all about running from Court Philippe Chatrier to Court Suzanne Lenglen for two weeks.

Out on the outside courts, die-hard tennis fans catch good doubles and junior action throughout the two weeks.

One U.S. junior has already enjoyed some success in making that tricky transition from the Juniors to the Pro Tour, notching up a win against the then-ranked 57, Lucie Hradecka, at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells this year.

Ros Satar caught up with the No. 1 junior for 2012 Taylor Townsend after a solid second round win against Croatia’s Jana Fett.

Ros Satar for Tennis Panorama News: Great win today –a couple of breaks here and there but you really did edge it out?

Taylor Townsend: It was good, she came out playing really well, she was serving really well and in the beginning she really wasn’t missing a ball.

We exchanged some breaks and there were a few times where I could have served and gone up a break and a hold but she broke.

But it was a good match, I was really happy.

RS: What was it like out there – it started out quite cloudy but probably by the time that you were playing, it looked quite nice?

TT: It was actually very nice, it got a little bit cloudy and it was a little windy at times.

RS: Enough to whip up that clay into your eyes?

TT: Exactly – it actually got into my eyes a little bit but I am not complaining – I’m tough [smiling]

RS: Is it strange playing the juniors having made your pro debut at Indian Wells

TT: It’s not weird, because I played all last year and I’m still 17 so it’s not really weird but it’s definitely an adjustment that you have to make between going from the pros to the juniors.

It’s nice to see all my friends [going back to juniors].

RS: How did it feel to get that win in Indian Wells, to player ranked 57 at the time?

TT: It was amazing – like one of the best feelings ever, I felt on top of the world

I went crazy, after I did it, I just went nuts like I was a little kid.

I told myself one point at a time, one point at a time, I switched the score round and stuff.

But I was actually on a roll, I was playing really well so I [tried] not to think about it.

RS: What’s the transition like –the biggest challenge and the biggest benefit?

TT: The biggest challenge s definitely the mental thing.

It’s really easy to change your game because the speed of the ball isn’t the same

It’s really easy for you to let up a little bit and not really play to win like you would against the pros.

You can get away with not going for your shots as much and stuff like that, because even though you’re playing juniors, you’re still working on a specific thing.

But the benefits are you get to play matches, good matches that help you compete.

Basically it’s a good opportunity to continue what we’re working on.

If you change the way that you play and the way we’ve been practicing, then yeah that would be a downfall.

If we continue to work on the same line that we have been, with our strokes and playing to win and aggressive style of play, then it’s a huge benefit playing the juniors.

RS: So basically each time you’re playing in the juniors, you’re concentrating on one thing to improve, and when you go to the pros it’s really a question of putting that all together and going for it?

TT: Exactly

RS: What are the goals that you’ve set yourself this year?

TT: My goal is I wanted to reach at least into the top 200 or better by the end of the year and I really didn’t set a goal for juniors because honestly at the beginning of the year my coach was in Australia so I didn’t really know what my schedule was going to be.

But basically my pro [goal] I think very attainable because I’m at 333 already and we’re only half way done with the year.

I think I can do it.

RS: About the demon dirt – how is it going playing on clay?

TT: Actually I love it, because the clay here is so nice, they take such good care of the courts, it’s just so smooth.

The courts are just like candy underneath your feet, you just slide so gracefully – it’s so beautiful

RS: It’s like ice-skating?

TT: Yeah exactly!

RS: Is it very much a part of your season, the clay in Europe in particular?

TT: Yeah it is.

You go from the Australian Open, and then you have your clay court season, then you have your grass court season and then you go back to hard court.

You’re on hard court six months of the year if [not] more, it’s nice to have the change up and learning how to maneuver, move and how to play and how to work the clay and how to work the grass, it’s really nice.

It makes the season, it makes it different, it gives it a little bit of a unique character.

RS: What is your view of all the US women that have been in the draw?  You started with 15, down to 3 but two real headliners tomorrow – how does that make you feel?

TT: I’m proud, honestly – Serena(Williams), Sloane (Stephens), Venus (Williams), they’re all making me so proud to be an American.

They’re putting on such a good face on women’s tennis, it’s amazing.

The guys as well, they’re doing very well – John Isner, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, all of them are doing really well.

They’re great inspiration for me to just keep working hard [especially] seeing Serena mostly – you keep working hard and she’s in her prime, she’s in the later stage of her career, so it just gives me really great encouragement just to keep working hard.

RS: Are they all quite supportive of the juniors coming up, if you run across them at various tournaments?

TT: Yeah – they’re so nice.

We all hit together and they’re very helpful with giving advice and stuff like that.

It’s just a matter of if I get nervous to ask them a question or not [laughs]

RS: What is your schedule now for the rest of the year?

TT: You and I have the same question [laughs]

I know I’m going to Birmingham after this and then I’m going to play the juniors at Eastbourne and Roehampton and then Wimbledon and after that I have no idea.

RS: Are you going to play the juniors at the rest of the majors this year?

TT: Yeah just the majors really, because US Open most likely, I’m not really sure.

We’re just doing it just to play matches really, and stay competitive because if I wasn’t I would come over here and only play one or two tournaments and then be done.

RS: I guess playing the majors, you get a small taste of what it’s like to play that big an event?

TT: Yeah, Exactly.

RS: Are you doing any sight-seeing, any fun stuff whilst you are here?

TT: Hopefully – I mean this year I’m playing doubles so I’m not at the site all day

I’m not playing two matches so I think my dad really wants to go out, this is their first time out.

I don’t know what to do see because I didn’t go sight-seeing last year so we’re all going to experience this together.

But [definitely] the Eiffel Tower and Champs Élysées and some other stuff.

I’m just asking the ladies in the locker room, and they’re helping me a lot.

[RS writes down a load of suggestions]

At the time of writing, Taylor was into the third round of the Girls’ Singles Draw at Roland Garros.

On Tuesday evening in Paris, Townsend received the International Tennis Federation award for being the top junior girl for 2012 at the ITF World Champions Dinner.  Townsend was the Australian Open 2012 Girls Junior Champion. She is the first American junior girl to end the year at No. 1 since Gretchen Rush in 1982.


Karen Pestaina contributed to this interview and report.


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