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Osuigwe, Brooksby

win USTA Junior National titles

Arthur Kapetanakis  |  August 13, 2018
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Whitney Osuigwe and Jenson Brooksby will both be making their US Open debuts later this month after winning the 18s singles titles at the USTA National Championships. Osuigwe, 16, and Brooksby, 17, earned main-draw wild cards into the senior singles draws with their performances at the prestigious event.


At the USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ National Championships, Osuigwe (pictured above) defeated top-seeded Kayla Day, 7-5, 6-3, in Sunday’s final. The No. 2-seeded champion fought back from a 1-5 deficit in the opening set, winning 12 of the last 15 games to claim the title.


“I knew if I just kept fighting, I could come up and win. It felt so amazing. All the hard work I’ve put into this week and the previous weeks getting ready for this, it’s finally over,” Osuigwe said in a post-match interview.



“I’m going to go to the Big Apple. I’m super excited. I’ve never played the main draw of a Grand Slam.”


On her path to the trophy, she defeated No. 17 Emma Navarro, No. 16 Chloe Beck, No. 9 Katie Volynets and No. 3 Cori Gauff. The 14-year-old Gauff was the only opponent to take a set from the champion at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, as the reigning junior French Open champion fell, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, in the semifinals.


Osuigwe, of Bradenton, Fla., where her father, Desmond, is a coach at Nick Bollettieri's IMG Academy, won the French Open girls' title in 2017 and is a former junior world No. 1.


The 16-year-old will also be competing in the main draw of the US Open doubles event, as she and partner Caty McNally (Cincinnati) earned a wild card by defeating Elli Mandlik (Bradenton, Fla.) and Peyton Stearns (Mason, Ohio), 6-4, 6-3, in the doubles final.


In the boys’ event, Brooksby did his damage in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he defeated Brandon Nakashima, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1, in the final. The champion did not lose a set in seven matches, knocking off No. 12 Tyler Zink, No. 25 Jacob Bullard and No. 6 Drew Baird on his way to the final.


Brooksby, of Sacramento, Calif., is a product of the academy there run by coach Joseph Gilbert, who also coached 2013 USTA Boys' 18s national champion Collin Altamirano. The 17-year-old has been successful at nearly every rung of USTA junior competition, having won the 12s national singles title and finishing runner-up in the 16s event.


“It’s unbelievable,” he said of his upcoming US Open debut. “It’s what I’ve always wanted. It’s one of the biggest tournaments in the world. I’m extremely pumped for it, and hopefully I’ll show them what I can do.”


In doubles play, the top-seeded boys’ 18s duo of Patrick Kypson (Raleigh, N.C.) and Danny Thomas (Columbus, Ohio) earned a US Open main-draw wild card, with a 6-1, 6-3 final victory over No. 2 seeds Trey Hilderbrand (San Antonio) and Govind Nanda (Cerritos, Calif.).


The 16s singles titles were won by Fiona Crawley and Martin Damm, who will each receive a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships. Crawley, of San Antonio, defeated Allura Zamarripa, of Saint Helena, Calif., 6-4, 6-0, in Saturday’s girls’ final. Damm, of Bradenton, Fla., knocked off Zane Khan, of San Antonio, 6-2, 7-6, in the boys’ final.


In girls’ 16s doubles action, Lauren Anzalotta (Trujillo Alto, P.R.) teamed with Kylie Collins (Savannah, Ga.) to defeat Elaine Chervinsky (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Madison Sieg (Greenwich, Conn.), 6-0, 6-4, in the final.


Alex Lee (Oak Brook, Ill.) and Niroop Vallabhaneni (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) won the boys’ 16s doubles title, defeating the top-seeded pairing of Keshav Chopra (Marietta, Ga.) and Maxwell McKennon (Newport Beach, Calif.), 3-6, 6-3, 6-0.


Osuigwe and Natalia Perez, (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) in the girls' 12s, were the only two players to sweep the singles and doubles titles in their respective age divisions.


Complete final-round results of the USTA National Championships can be found below. The complete draws are available at the USTA National Championships page on TennisLink.


USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich., August 3-12

Singles: (4) Jenson Brooksby (Sacramento, Calif.) d. (3) Brandon Nakashima (San Diego), 6-4 6-3, 6-1

Doubles: (1) Patrick Kypson (Raleigh, N.C.) / Danny Thomas (Pickerington, Ohio) d. (2) Trey Hilderbrand (San Antonio) / Govind Nanda (Cerritos, Calif.), 6-1, 6-3


USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 18s National Championships

Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, August 3-12

Singles: (2) Whitney Osuigwe (Bradenton, Fla.) d. (1) Kayla Day (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 7-5, 6-3

Doubles: (1) Osuigwe / Caty McNally (Cincinnati) d. (7) Elli Mandlik (Delray Beach, Fla.) / Peyton Stearns (Mason, Ohio), 6-4, 6-3


USTA Boys’ 16s National Championships

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich., August 3-12

Singles: (15) Martin Damm (Bradenton, Fla.) def. (4) Zane Khan (San Antonio), 6-2, 7-6(7)

Doubles: (7) Alex Lee (Oak Brook, Ill.) / Niroop Vallabhaneni (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) d. (1) Keshav Chopra (Marietta, Ga.) / Maxwell McKennon (Newport Beach, Calif.), 3-6, 6-3, 6-0


USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 16s National Championships

Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, August 3-12

Singles: (3) Fiona Crawley (San Antonio) d. (4) Allura Zamarripa (St. Helena, Calif.), 6-4 6-0

Doubles: (17) Lauren Anzalotta (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico) / Kylie Collins (Savannah, Ga.) d. Elaine Chervinsky (Boca Raton, Fla.) / Madison Sieg (Greenwich, Conn.), 6-0, 6-4


USTA Boys’ 14s National Championships

Mobile Area Tennis Association, Mobile, Ala., August 3-12

Singles: (33) Juncheng Shang (Naples, Fla.) d. (1) Nicholas Heng (Madison, Ala.), 6-3, 6-4

Doubles: (8) Heng / Herrick Thomas Legaspi (Sacramento, Calif.) d. (1) Lucas Brown (Plano, Texas) / Aidan Kim (Milford, Mich.), 6-2, 7-5


USTA Girls’ 14s National Championships

Metro Tennis Associates, Rome, Ga., August 3-12

Singles: (1) Eleana Yu (Mason, Ohio) d. (8) Clervie Ngounoue (Washington, D.C.), 6-3, 6-2

Doubles: (4) Natalie Block (Plantation, Fla.) / Lara Smejkal (Boca Raton, Fla.) d. (3) Vivian Miller (Glencoe, Ill.) / Sanjana Tallamraju (Munster, Ill.), 6-3, 6-3


USTA Boys’ 12s National Championships

Mobile Area Tennis Association, Mobile, Ala., August 3-12

Singles: (1) Rudy Quan (Sacramento, Calif.) d. (5) Dylan Charlap (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), 6-2, 6-1

Doubles: (2) Alexander Razeghi (Humble, Texas) / Cooper Woestendick (Olathe, Kan.) d. (3) Maxwell Exsted (Savage, Minn.) / Quan, 6-4, 6-3


USTA Girls’ 12s National Championships

Windward Lake Club, Alpharetta, Ga., August 3-12

Singles: (4) Natalia Perez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) d. (2) Brooklyn Olson (Mission Hills, Kan.), 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

Doubles: (1) Olson / Perez d. (2) Susanna Maltby (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) / Emma Roeck (Novi, Mich.), 4-6, 6-1, 6-0


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