Whitney Osuigwe

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Whitney Osuigwe
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Osuigwe at the 2017 Chengdu Junior Masters
Country (sports) United States
Born (2002-04-17) April 17, 2002 (age 17)
Bradenton, United States
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[1]
Turned pro2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDesmond Osuigwe
Prize money$208,833
Singles
Career record55–30
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 139 (April 29, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 139 (April 29, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
US Open1R (2018)
French Open JuniorW (2017)
Wimbledon JuniorQF (2017)
Doubles
Career record19–10
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 232 (November 12, 2018)
Current rankingNo. 288 (April 1, 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open JuniorQF (2017)
Wimbledon JuniorF (2017)
Last updated on: April 6, 2019.

Whitney Osuigwe (/əˈsɪɡw/ ə-SIG-way;[2] born April 17, 2002) is an American tennis player.

She is the reigning ITF Junior World Champion and a former world No. 1 junior.[3] Osuigwe also won the 2017 French Open to become the first American to win the girls' singles event in 28 years.

Personal life[edit]

Osuigwe has been playing tennis at the IMG Academy since age 6, where her father Desmond has been a teacher at the academy since 1997 and acts as her primary coach. Desmond is from Lagos in Nigeria and played professional tennis events at the ITF Futures level before coming to the United States to attend college. Whitney has an older brother named Deandre who is a college basketball player and a younger sister named Victoria who also plays tennis.[4][5]

Junior career[edit]

In June 2017, Osuigwe climbed to No. 2 in the junior rankings by dominating the clay-court events in the previous six months. She started by reaching the semifinals at the Orange Bowl in December and then won two Grade-1 clay-court tournaments in back-to-back weeks in February. Osuigwe capped off her dominance in this part of the season by winning the 2017 Junior French Open over fellow American Claire Liu. In doing so, she became the first American to win the girls' event since Jennifer Capriati in 1989, the fifth American champion overall, and the ninth youngest winner of the event at under 15 years and 2 months. This was also only the second time the final was contested between two Americans, with the other occurring in 1980.[6]

Osuigwe would go on to finish the season as the No. 1 ranked junior in the world, for which she was named the 2017 ITF Junior World Champion. Furthermore, she then won the Orange Bowl before the year came to a close.

On August 12, 2018, Osuigwe won the USTA Girls 18s National Championships which earned her a wild-card entry into the main draw of the US Open.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Osuigwe made her WTA main-draw debut at the 2018 Miami Open, losing to her fellow wild card and junior rival Claire Liu.

In January 2019, Osuigwe played alongside David Ferrer on the Spain team in the 2019 Hopman Cup, replacing Garbiñe Muguruza who was out due to injury. Osuigwe played only the mixed-doubles match, losing to the French team which consisted of Lucas Pouille and Alizé Cornet, 2–4, 2–4. In March, she entered the Miami Open main draw as a wild card, winning her first-round match against fellow wild card Mari Osaka, the sister of Naomi Osaka.[8]

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 title[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 2017 French Open Clay United States Claire Liu 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3

Doubles: 2 runner-ups[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 2017 Wimbledon Championships Grass United States Caty McNally Serbia Olga Danilović
Slovenia Kaja Juvan
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grass United States Caty McNally China Wang Xinyu
China Wang Xiyu
2–6, 1–6

ITF finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (2–2)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2018 ITF Wesley Chapel, United States 25K Clay United States Francesca Di Lorenzo 2–6, 6–1, 4–6
Win 1–1 Nov 2018 ITF Tyler, United States 80K Hard Brazil Beatriz Haddad Maia 6–3, 6–4
Win 2–1 Apr 2019 ITF Charlottesville, United States 80K Clay United States Madison Brengle 6–4, 1–6, 6–3
Loss 2–2 May 2019 ITF Charleston, United States 100K Clay United States Taylor Townsend 4–6, 4–6

Doubles: 4 (2–2)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2018 ITF Orlando, United States 15K Clay United States Caty McNally Bulgaria Dia Evtimova
Belarus Ilona Kremen
6–2, 6–3
Win 2–0 Apr 2018 ITF Jackson, United States 25K Clay United States Sanaz Marand Italy Gaia Sanesi
South Africa Chanel Simmonds
6–1, 6–3
Loss 2–1 Apr 2018 ITF Charlottesville, United States 80K Clay United States Ashley Kratzer United States Sophie Chang
United States Alexandra Mueller
6–3, 4–6, [7–10]
Loss 2–2 Jul 2018 ITF Ashland, United States 60K Hard United States Sanaz Marand Serbia Jovana Jakšić
Mexico Renata Zarazúa
3–6, 7–5, [4–10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "French Open junior champ Whitney Osuigwe eyes bigger things". ESPN. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  2. ^ RacquetComedy (December 28, 2017). "FULL INTERVIEW: Whitney Osuigwe & Caty McNally". YouTube. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100291615
  4. ^ "Bradenton teen reaches French Open girls final". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Journey - Osuigwe Family". IMG Academy. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "American Whitney Osuigwe wins girls' title at French Open". Excelle Sports. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/sd-sp-usta-girls-tennis-0813-story.html
  8. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (March 21, 2019). "The Osakas' Brief Sister Act at the Miami Open". New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2019.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Russia Anastasia Potapova
ITF Junior World Champion
2017
Succeeded by
incumbent