By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter
NEW YORK — Get ready, U.S. Open. Here comes 16-year-old, 5-foot-6 Whitney Osuigwe fresh from The IMG Academy.
The 2017 French Open Girls’ Champion at the age of 15 won the USTA 18 and under Girls’ title in San Diego earlier this year to earn the coveted main draw wild card. The last American girl to win the French juniors was Jennifer Capriati in 1989.
The French Open has become her favorite tournament. She has been at IMG since the age of six and is coached there by her father, Desmond, who is originally from Nigeria.
And this father-daughter teaching relationship works to a tee.
She also won the prestigious Orange Bowl Championship in 2017 and has 2 Grand Slam junior runner-up finishes at Wimbledon. Osuigwe has competed in 2018 in both the Miami Open and the main draw of the CT. Open. She lost in the first round of both.
The humble high school student compared her game to that of Victoria Azarenka, who coincidentally was also awarded a wildcard to this year’s Open. Many predict a few Grand Slams in her future. Time will tell, but she is off to a great start.