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Taylor Townsend wins second USTA Pro Circuit title of October

Arthur Kapetanakis | October 24, 2023

Taylor Townsend is a singles champion on the USTA Pro Circuit once again. The American claimed her second title of October on Sunday by winning the W80 in Macon, Ga., three weeks after taking the trophy at the W60 in Templeton, Calif. Her success continues a rich stretch of form that began with a run to the US Open third round.


The top seed at both Pro Circuit events, Townsend dropped just one set across her two title campaigns. In Macon, she won all 10 sets she played. The 27-year-old beat compatriot Katie Volynets, 6-3, 7-6(4), in the semis and Hungarian Panna Udvardy, 6-3, 6-4, in the final to win the 14th ITF singles title of her career.

Townsend grew up in nearby Atlanta, adding further significance to her triumph. The Macon event, played on outdoor hard courts at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center, has now had an American champion in seven of the past eight years.


The title moved Townsend up to No. 66 in the WTA rankings, her highest position since she achieved a career high of No. 61 in 2018. She was outide the top 130 before her run to the US Open third round—her first trip to that stage at a major in four years. The Chicago native is also the world No. 6 in doubles, having won three WTA titles this season along with a runner-up finish at Roland Garros.


Since giving birth to her first child, Adyn, in March 2021, Townsend has won four ITF singles titles (two each in 2022 and 2023) in addition to her three WTA doubles crowns.

Those doubles titles were all won with different partners, two in Adelaide (with Asia Muhammad and Luisa Stefani) and one at the WTA 1000 in Cincinnati (with Alycia Parks)—the biggest tile of Townsend's career. Her run to the Roland Garros final also came with a different parter, 2021 US Open singles finalist Leylah Fernandez, with whom she also paired to reach this year's US Open quarterfinals.


In Macon, Townsend joined Volynets and Kayla Day to make it three American singles semifinalists. Americans Makenna Jones and Alexa Noel reached the quarters, while Sofia Sewing was a doubles finalist alongside Anastasia Tikhonova.


At the USTA Pro Circuit W15 event in Jackson, Tenn., Carolyn Ansari reached the singles quarterfinals and Taylor Catladi made the quarters. Adeline Flach was a doubles finalist.


There was more American success at the USTA Pro Circuit M15 in Las Vegas, where Thai-Son Kwiatkowsi reached the singles final, Alexander Razeghi advanced to the quarters and William Grant made the doubles final.

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