Osuigwe at the 2017 Chengdu Junior Masters
|Country (sports)||United States|
17 April 2002|
Bradenton, United States
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|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)|
|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 (// ə-SIG-way; 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. Osuigwe also won the 2017 French Open to become the first American to win the girls' singles event in 28 years.
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.
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.
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.
Junior Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (1 title)
|Winner||2017||French Open||Clay||Claire Liu||6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3|
Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)
|Runner-up||2017||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Caty McNally|| Olga Danilović
|Runner-up||2018||Wimbledon Championships||Grass||Caty McNally|| Wang Xinyu
Singles: 1 (0–1)
|Loss||0–1||Jan 2018||Wesley Chapel, US||$25K||Clay||Francesca Di Lorenzo||2–6, 6–1, 4–6|
Doubles: 4 (2–2)
|Win||1–0||Mar 2018||Orlando, US||$15K||Clay||Caty McNally|| Dia Evtimova
|Win||2–0||Apr 2018||Jackson, US||$25K||Clay||Sanaz Marand|| Gaia Sanesi
|Loss||2–1||Apr 2018||Charlottesville, US||$80K||Clay||Ashley Kratzer|| Sophie Chang
|6–3, 4–6, [7–10]|
|Loss||2–2||Jul 2018||Ashland, US||$60K||Hard||Sanaz Marand|| Jovana Jakšić
|3–6, 7–5, [4–10]|
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- Whitney Osuigwe at the Women's Tennis Association
- Whitney Osuigwe at the International Tennis Federation
- Whitney Osuigwe at the International Tennis Federation – Junior profile
| ITF Junior World Champion