Meet the 18-year-old tennis star you need to know NOW.
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Though she started the tournament ranked 205 worldwide, Townsend beat No. 65, fellow American Vania King in the first round. In the second round Townsend beat No. 20 seed (and No. 1 Frenchwoman) Alize Cornet in a huge upset, going on to become the first American woman to get to the third round.
Townsend was defeated Friday by Spanish player Carla Suarez Navarro, who is ranked No. 14, but you’ll be seeing a lot more of her from here on out.
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Though Townsend did turn out to have undiagnosed anemia, the USTA had not had that information when they advised her not to participate — their suggestion had been based on Townsend’s weight.
Townsend got healthy, but the USTA refused to pay for Townsend’s travel. So along with her coach and mother, Taylor held a fundraiser that helped her pay her own way.
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“[Serena] has a beautiful figure,” Townsend says. “Venus isn’t small. I mean, she’s taller. I mean, I’m short. I’m not skinny. But I mean, I’m just trying to do the best I can for me … I’m not going to be the same as everybody else.”
When, in this interview from last year, Taylor was asked what her greatest strengths on the court were, she said, “My forehands and volleys.” When asked for her weaknesses, she made the above face and told the interviewer, “I’m not telling!”