Stockbridge Georgia Southpaw Taylor Townsend is roaring down under, earning her first grand slam swag with a Girl’s Doubles trophy in Melbourne earlier today after grabbing a spot in the Girl’s Singles final. Townsend and Gabrielle Andrews, a Pomona, CA native and former Winter 18s champion, took out the top-seeded pair of Irina Khromacheva and Danka Kovinic in a third set super tiebreak, 10-8.
Did we mention that she took the Girl’s Doubles title just a couple of hours after reaching the Singles final? In this case, she bested former Orange Bowl champion Krista Hardebeck 7-6(3) 6-4.
While she came into the event ranked #428 in singles and #233 in doubles, we now believe that Williams Sisters Superdad Richard Williams is a sage for the ages. After watching Townsend in US Open qualifying, he told the New York Times five months ago that “if you just give her a few years, she’ll be beating a hell of a lot of people.” Unfortunately, we don’t have that kind of time. We need her now, and she’s delivering.
The #14 seed, Townsend will face #4 Yulia Putintseva in tonight’s Girl’s Singles final. Putintseva is Paris-trained by Martina Hingis. The match will be played at 9 p.m. EST on Rod Laver Arena.
The future is bright, TT. Thanks for giving the USA a reason to cheer for our own on this exciting final weekend of the Australian Open.