“I earned my way to be here”

Former Junior World No. 1 Taylor Townsend She made her career debut in a Grand Slam doubles tournament in 2022 US Open10 years after the controversial US Open saga that included 16-year-old Townsend and the US Tennis Association (USTA).

Townsend and her marital partner Katie McNally On Sunday, she lost the US Women’s Open doubles final to the third seed Katerina Senyakova And the Barbora Krijcikova. Despite the outcome, an optimistic Townsend exudes confidence regarding her future and reflects on the journey so far.

Townsend, who gave birth to son Aden Aubrey just 18 months ago, has made a strong statement about the 2023 season and aims to secure more success on the Tour.

“This has been an amazing journey,” Townsend said in her on-court address after the US Open final. “This journey has been painful but this isn’t the last time I’ll be here, I’m sure of it.”

“I put in the work, earned my way to be here and I think everyone sees that. I will keep putting my head down and grinding and that will motivate me to do more. So watch out 2023!”

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At the 2012 US Open, controversy arose after Townsend was denied USTA funding for her participation in the US Open, and some USTA coaches told her to stop competing so she could get fitter and “in better shape”.

Townsend also couldn’t compete in the US Girls’ Championship at the time, which would have helped her secure a place in the US Open. Additionally, her application for a wildcard in the US Open main draw or qualifying lottery was denied.

Patrick McEnroe, who was the USTA player development chief at the time, stated that the USTA’s intent was simply to look out for the best interests of players as well as American tennis. he is too clearer That there was a “misunderstanding” regarding Townsend’s US Open expenses and the USTA agreed to compensate the player.

While the streak of events prevented Townsend from competing in the main draw for the US Open, she ended up reaching the quarter-finals of the girls’ singles event and winning the title in the girls’ doubles event.

10 years later, Taylor Townsend made the biggest advance of her professional career so far by reaching the doubles final at the 2022 US Open. However, she lost to Synyakova in the first round of the singles event. Townsend is currently ranked No. 197 in singles and No. 103 in doubles.

‘I really had to work to get here’ – Taylor Townsend after the 2022 US Open Tag Team Final

Taylor Townsend (R) and Katie McNally at the 2022 US OpenUS Open winners