Chicagoans Donald Young and Taylor Townsend showed the promise of their futures with runs to the third round at Roland Garros.
Young's run to the third round matched his third round run at the Australian Open. It was the first time he has advanced to the third round in back to back grand slams.
In Australia, Young defeated the tough Dutch player Robin Haase in the first round and the 24th seed Andreas Seppi of Italy in the second before falling to the 16th seed Kei Nishikori.
At Roland Garros, Young ousted Dudi Sela of Israel in the first round and 26th seed Feliciano Lopez in the second round before losing a five set match to Gabriel Garcia Lopez.
Young won his first two matches fairly easily. He defeated Sela 6-1, 1-6, 6-1, 6-0 and eliminated Lopez 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.
After a career high ranking of 38 in 2012, Young saw his ATP ranking plummet to the 150's last year. Solid performances in New Zealand, Australia and on the challenger circuit have raised his ranking to 79 entering the French Open. His two wins at Roland Garros should push him even higher. With Wimbledon coming up and then the hard court season, Young has a chance to exceed his career high ranking.
Young has been touted as the next great american star since he was in the junior. This might be his make or break summer.
According to the Chicago Tribune and Young, Townsend and Young's families have been friends for a long time.
“My parents and her parents have been friends since before I was born, my parents started her playing tennis,” Young told reporters. “It's more of -- her and her sisters are like a brother-sister type thing. (They are) more than friends because I have known them forever."
Townsend who grew up in Englewood is currently ranked 205th in the World. That should increase dramatically after her performance in Paris.
Townsend won her first round match over fellow African American Vania King 7-5, 6-1, then ousted France's highest ranked woman, 20th seed Alize Cornet, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round. She lost her third round match to the 14th seed Carla Sanchez Navarro 6-2, 6-2.
According to the New York Times, Townsend's ranking should rise into the 100's after her run on the red clay in Paris.
Her coach, former Wimbledon Finalist Zina Garrison was asked about her future in the times.
"I think she’s very unique. She has great hands. She has power, and we always say she really is retro to the new age. She has everything, and she has both, so it’s just a matter of putting it all together.”
Townsend was still debating whether or not to play at Wimbledon. She got to the net frequently at the French, so her game seems well suited for the grass. Time well tell if she could be the player to take the mantle from Serena Williams for the American Women. She should have a bright future on the WTA.
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