Whitney Osuigwe

Whitney Osuigwe (/əˈsɪɡw/ ə-SIG-way;[2] born April 17, 2002) is an American tennis player.

Whitney Osuigwe
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Country (sports) United States
Born (2002-04-17) April 17, 2002 (age 18)
Bradenton, Florida
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Turned pro2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDesmond Osuigwe
Prize money$369,570
Singles
Career record79–50 (61.2%)
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 105 (August 12, 2019)
Current rankingNo. 140 (February 17, 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (2019)
French OpenQ2 (2019)
WimbledonQ1 (2019)
US Open1R (2019)
Doubles
Career record24–17 (58.5%)
Career titlesITF
Highest rankingNo. 232 (November 12, 2018)
Current rankingNo. 279 (February 17, 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open2R (2019)
French Open JuniorQF (2017)
Wimbledon JuniorF (2017)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open1R (2018)
Last updated on: February 21, 2020.

She is the reigning ITF Junior World Champion and a former world No. 1 junior.[3] Osuigwe also won the juniors 2017 French Open to become the first American to win the girls' singles event in 28 years.

Personal lifeEdit

Osuigwe has been playing tennis at the IMG Academy since age 6, where her father Desmond has been a teacher 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.[4][5]

Junior careerEdit

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 fifth American champion overall, and the ninth youngest winner of the event at under 15 years and 2 months. This was also only the second time the final was contested between two Americans, with the other occurring in 1980.[6]

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.

On August 12, 2018, Osuigwe won the USTA Girls 18s National Championships which earned her a wild-card entry into the main draw of the US Open.[7]

Professional careerEdit

Osuigwe made her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the 2018 Miami Open, losing to her fellow wildcard and junior rival Claire Liu.

In January 2019, Osuigwe played alongside David Ferrer on the Spain team in the 2019 Hopman Cup, replacing Garbiñe Muguruza who was out due to injury. Osuigwe played only the mixed-doubles match, losing to the French team which consisted of Lucas Pouille and Alizé Cornet. In March, she entered the Miami Open main draw as a wildcard, winning her first-round match against fellow wildcard Mari Osaka, the sister of Naomi Osaka.[8]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2018 ITF Wesley Chapel, United States 25,000 Clay   Francesca Di Lorenzo 2–6, 6–1, 4–6
Win 1–1 Nov 2018 RBC Pro Challenge, United States 80,000 Hard   Beatriz Haddad Maia 6–3, 6–4
Win 2–1 Apr 2019 Boar's Head Resort Open, United States 80,000 Clay   Madison Brengle 6–4, 1–6, 6–3
Loss 2–2 May 2019 LTP Charleston Pro Tennis, United States 100,000 Clay   Taylor Townsend 4–6, 4–6

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Clay (2–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2018 ITF Orlando, United States 15,000 Clay   Caty McNally   Dia Evtimova
  Ilona Kremen
6–2, 6–3
Win 2–0 Apr 2018 ITF Jackson, United States 25,000 Clay   Sanaz Marand   Gaia Sanesi
  Chanel Simmonds
6–1, 6–3
Loss 2–1 Apr 2018 Boar's Head Resort Open, United States 80,000 Clay   Ashley Kratzer   Sophie Chang
  Alexandra Mueller
6–3, 4–6, [7–10]
Loss 2–2 Jul 2018 Braidy Industries Classic, United States 60,000 Hard   Sanaz Marand   Jovana Jakšić
  Renata Zarazúa
3–6, 7–5, [4–10]
Loss 2–3 Feb 2020 Kentucky Open, United States 100,000 Hard (i)   Hailey Baptiste   Catherine Harrison
  Quinn Gleason
5–7, 2–6

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.

SinglesEdit

This table is current through the 2020 US Open.

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 SR W–L Win%
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 1R Q1 0 / 1 0–1 0%
French Open A A Q2 Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Wimbledon A A Q1 NH 0 / 0 0–0  – 
US Open Q1 1R 1R A 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 0 / 3 0–3 0%
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Miami Open A 1R 2R NH 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Career statistics
Year-end ranking 1120 226 132 $369,570

ITF Junior CircuitEdit

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2017 French Open Clay   Claire Liu 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3

Doubles: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Loss 2017 Wimbledon Grass   Caty McNally   Olga Danilović
  Kaja Juvan
4–6, 3–6
Loss 2018 Wimbledon Grass   Caty McNally   Wang Xinyu
  Wang Xiyu
2–6, 1–6

ITF Junior finalsEdit

Legend
Grand Slam
Category GA
Category G1
Category G2
Category G3
Category G4
Category G5

Singles: 10 (7 titles, 3 runner–ups)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 May 2015 ITF Plantation, United States Clay   Carson Branstine 6–2, 3–6, 6–4
Loss 1–1 May 2016 ITF Plantation, United States Clay   Carson Branstine 6–3, 4–6, 1–6
Win 2–1 Feb 2017 ITF Asuncion, Paraguay Clay   Draginja Vukovic 6–3, 6–2
Win 3–1 Feb 2017 ITF Criciúma, Brazil Clay   Emily Appleton 7–5, 6–4
Win 4–1 Jun 2017 French Open, France Clay   Claire Liu 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Win 5–1 Oct 2017 ITF Tulsa, United States Hard   Natasha Subhash 6–4, 6–3
Loss 5–2 Oct 2017 ITF Osaka, Japan Hard   Wang Xinyu 4–6, 4–6
Loss 5–3 Nov 2017 ITF Mexico City, Mexico Clay   Alexa Noel 2–6, 4–6
Win 6–3 Dec 2017 ITF Bradenton, United States Clay   Clara Burel 6–4, 4–6, 6–1
Win 7–3 Dec 2017 ITF Plantation, United States Clay   Margaryta Bilokin 6–1, 6–2

Doubles: 9 (4 titles, 5 runner–ups)Edit

Result W–L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 May 2016 ITF Plantation, United States Clay   Alexa Noel   Alana Smith
  Peyton Stearns
2–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Feb 2017 ITF Criciúma, Brazil Clay   Hailey Baptiste   Elysia Bolton
  Vanessa Ong
6–4, 4–6, [5–10]
Win 1–2 Apr 2017 ITF Indian Wells, United Hard   Caty McNally   Taylor Johnson
  Ann Li
6–3, 7–6(10–8)
Win 2–2 May 2017 ITF Milan, Italy Clay   Caty McNally   Cho I-hsuan
  Ayumi Miyamoto
6–3, 7–6(7–5)
Loss 2–3 Jul 2017 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass   Caty McNally   Olga Danilović
  Kaja Juvan
4–6, 3–6
Loss 2–4 Nov 2017 ITF Mexico City, Mexico Clay   Ellie Douglas   Dalayna Hewitt
  Peyton Stearns
4–6, 3–6
Win 3–4 Dec 2017 ITF Bradenton, United States Clay   Caty McNally   Thasaporn Naklo
  Naho Sato
6–3, 6–1
Win 4–4 Jul 2018 ITF Roehampton, United Kingdom Grass   Caty McNally   Clara Tauson
  Wang Xinyu
7–6(7–4), 7–6(9–7)
Loss 4–5 Jul 2018 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grass   Caty McNally   Wang Xinyu
  Wang Xiyu
2–6, 1–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "French Open junior champ Whitney Osuigwe eyes bigger things". ESPN. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  2. ^ RacquetComedy (December 28, 2017). "FULL INTERVIEW: Whitney Osuigwe & Caty McNally". YouTube. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100291615
  4. ^ "Bradenton teen reaches French Open girls final". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Journey - Osuigwe Family". IMG Academy. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "American Whitney Osuigwe wins girls' title at French Open". Excelle Sports. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/sd-sp-usta-girls-tennis-0813-story.html
  8. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (March 21, 2019). "The Osakas' Brief Sister Act at the Miami Open". New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2019.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
  Anastasia Potapova
ITF Junior World Champion
2017
Succeeded by
  Clara Burel