At just 17 years old, the American Whitney Osuigwe is one of the great hopes for women’s tennis. The Nigerian descent player is starting to point her nose at the WTA circuit and climb the ladder at high speed at the start of the 2019 season. Portrait of the one who could become the next big star of the sport !
A gifted career path for juniors
Whitney Osuigwe was born in the United States in Bradenton, Florida on April 17, 2002. The Osuigwe children are the seed of sportsmen since Deandre the older brother is a university basketball player and the youngest Victoria devotes herself like her older sister to tennis. Whitney has been playing tennis since the age of 6 thanks to his father Desmond, a professional tennis teacher at the famous IMG Academy. It is through Whitney that his high-level dreams will be translated, he who left his native Nigeria to try his luck in the USA to become a professional player.
The year 2017 is the year of the revelation for the young player on the junior circuit. She won the Roland Garros junior tournament, a first for an American since Jennifer Capriati, former world No. 1 in women’s competition. She continues to build on her momentum by finishing number one in the junior world at the end of the year and winning the Orange Bowl, the great under-18 espoir tournament that has seen the greatest tennis legends pass through. With this background, she logically enters the professional circuit.
In 2018, she entered the ITF circuit and won a tournament in November in Tyler (USA). She also managed to beat the Swiss Belinda Bencic, who has already been ranked in the top 10 in the world. This led her to the top 200, a performance for a 16-year-old player.
Top 100 : the next goal
Whitney Osuigwe has a style of play that is well known on the women’s circuit. This 1m68 right-handed woman has a two-handed backhand and a very powerful forehand which she accompanies with an impressive ground cover. A presence on the baseline line that allows him to control the long exchanges.
The one whose role models are the Williams sisters is also planning to mark her era and become a potential world number one and Grand Slam winner. For the moment, she continues her training by benefiting from wild cards to participate in prestigious tournaments such as the Australian Open in January and most recently the Miami tournament. She won her first WTA match at this tournament by defeating Mari Osaka, the sister of the current world number 1 Naomi.
WANATeam will closely monitor Whitney’s progress this year and hopes to reach the top 100 by the end of the year. With her surroundings and her qualities, there is a good chance that she will succeed quite quickly. In any case, Africa holds with it an Afro-descendant likely to play the leading roles in the coming decade in world tennis !
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