Englewood Teen Reaches Third Round at French Open

Taylor Townsend is the youngest U.S. woman in the third round at Roland Garros since 2003

Thursday, May 29, 2014  |  Updated 6:12 PM CDT
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Taylor Townsend is headed to the third round of the French Open, despite all odds. Her success has plenty of people talking, including some Chicago players!

Taylor Townsend is headed to the third round of the French Open, despite all odds. Her success has plenty of people talking, including some Chicago players!

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American teenager Taylor Townsend reached the third round of the French Open in her Grand Slam debut by beating 20th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Townsend is ranked 205th but earned a wild card from the U.S. Tennis Association based on her results during a series of lower-level tournaments this spring.

Now she's the youngest U.S. woman in the third round at Roland Garros since 2003. Next is a match against No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

Townsend won the girls singles and doubles titles at the 2012 Australian Open and became the first American since 1982 to hold the year-end No. 1 junior ranking.

Cornet, 24, had her best Grand Slam result at the 2009 Australian Open, getting to the fourth round.

Townsend learned her game at the South Side's XS Tennis program. She was on hand last week when Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a $9.8 million tennis facility on the site of the former Robert Taylor Homes.

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