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Taylor Townsend, 18, of the U.S. just became the youngest player to advance to the third round of the French Open in the past five years.
Formally the no. 1 ranked junior player, Townsend won the 2012 Australian Open junior tournament lost in the finals at the 2013 Wimbledon junior tournament.
At 16 in 2012, she was not permitted to enter the U.S. Open’s junior tournament because of her weight. The USTA said she needed to “slim down and get into better shape,” according to Business Insider.
Every since then, Townsend ended her relationship with USTA coaches and is now coached by former no. 3 ranked player Zina Garrison, notes USA Today. They also live together in Maryland, close to where she trains.
Playing in her first Grand Slam, Townsend just won a major upset against Alize Cornet of France playing in front of her home crowd. Cornet was also ranked 20th in the world.
In the third round, Townsend will be facing Carla Suarez, the no. 14 ranked player.
How good is Taylor Townsend! #talent
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) May 28, 2014