Taylor Townsend wins first title as a mom at W100 USTA Pro Circuit event in Charleston
New mom Taylor Townsend is back in the winner's circle. Playing just her third tournament in nearly two years last week, the 26-year-old left-hander captured the title at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Charleston, S.C. with a 6-3, 6-2 win over China's Wang Xiyu, her first USTA Pro Circuit trophy in three seasons.
After announcing her pregnancy at the end of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the former world No. 61 gave birth to her son, Adyn Aubrey, last March. She spent her maternity leave commentating on Tennis Channel, among other endeavors, and returned to the match court last month for the first time since the 2020 US Open.
Townsend reached the quarterfinals in her first two events back, and her Charleston run saw her get a little revenge on players who'd bested her so far in this comeback; beaten by fellow American Katie Volynets and Wang in Palm Harbor, Fla. and Charlottesville, Va., respectively, she conquered both to win in Charleston for a second time in her career.
Townsend lost her first set of the tournament against Canada's Francoise Abanda before rallying for a 1-6, 6-1, 6-0 first-round win, and also dropped the opener against Volynets in the quarterfinals before taking the match, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Two weeks ago in Charlottesville, a $60,000 event, she was beaten by Wang, 6-4, 6-1, before flipping the script in Sunday's final.
"First title as #adynsmom," Townsend, who previously lifted the trophy in 2019, wrote on Instagram in celebration. "Back to work tomorrow."
Her fellow pros were quick to offer their own congratulations, with fellow Americans Desirae Krawczyk, Asia Muhammad, Jessica Pegula and Shelby Rogers among those sending her messages of support.
Four-time major-winner Kim Clijsters, who knows a thing or two about winning at the highest levels of tennis after giving birth, also tweeted her congratulations.
In addition to Townsend and Volynets, Americans Alexa Graham and Whitney Osuigwe also played well in singles at the W100 event. Graham, 23, who played college tennis at the University of North Carolina, qualified and went all the way to the quarterfinals, while former junior world No. 1 Osuigwe, now 20, reached the semifinals before losing out to the eventual champion.
Sophie Chang and Angela Kulikov teamed to reach the doubles final.
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