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) 17 April 2002 (age 16)
Bradenton, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[1]
Turned pro 2017
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach Desmond Osuigwe
Prize money US$14,138
Singles
Career record 18–11
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 412 (7 May 2018)
Current ranking No. 412 (7 May 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open 1R (2018)
French Open Junior W (2017)
Wimbledon Junior QF (2017)
Doubles
Career record 0–0
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 326 (30 April 2018)
Current ranking No. 331 (7 May 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open Junior QF (2017)
Wimbledon Junior F (2017)
Last updated on: 25 January 2018.

Whitney Osuigwe (/əˈsɪɡw/ ə-SIG-way;[2] born 17 April 2002) is an American tennis player. She is the reigning ITF Junior World Champion and a former No. 1 junior in the world.[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 teaching pro 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 5th American champion overall, and the 9th youngest winner of the event at under 15 years and 2 months. This was also only the 2nd 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 tennis championship 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.

Junior Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

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

Doubles: 2 (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: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000/$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2018 Wesley Chapel, US $25K Clay United States Francesca Di Lorenzo 2–6, 6–1, 4–6

Doubles: 4 (2–2)[edit]

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000/$80,000 tournaments
$50,000/$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000/$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 Orlando, US $15K Clay United States Caty McNally Bulgaria Dia Evtimova
Belarus Ilona Kremen
6–2, 6–3
Win 2–0 Apr 2018 Jackson, US $25K Clay United States Sanaz Marand Italy Gaia Sanesi
South Africa Chanel Simmonds
6–1, 6–3
Loss 2–1 Apr 2018 Charlottesville, US $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 Ashland, US $60K Hard United States Sanaz Marand Serbia Jovana Jakšić
Mexico Renata Zarazúa
3–6, 7–5, [4–10]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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