Stosur, Gauff headline US Open wildcards

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2019

The teenage duo linked up again to win the women's doubles at Citi Open earlier this month.

Gauff was one of the stars of the Wimbledon fortnight after she qualified for the tournament before beating idol Venus Williams in the first round.

Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old who reached the fourth round of the ladies' singles at Wimbledon, has been handed a wildcard for the US Open. Gauff is now No140 in the WTA rankings.

There are limits to the number of tournaments Gauff can enter due to her age, yet she has been granted a spot at Flushing Meadows.

Gauff is joined by four other teenagers among eight wildcard invitees: a trio of 17-year-old Americans in Caty McNally, Whitney Osuigwe and Katie Volynets and 16-year-old French player Diane Parry.

The US Open, the final Grand Slam of the year, starts on August 26.

Other women's wild cards went to Francesca Di Lorenzo, Whitney Osuigwe, Kristie Ahn and Katie Volynets of the US, along with 16-year-old Diane Parry of France, who got her country's reciprocal invitation.

Di Lorenzo, a 22-year-old from OH, is a past NCAA doubles champion now ranked 128th. Former World No.4 Stosur won her only Grand Slam title to date in NY in 2011 by defeating Serena Williams in the final in straight sets. Ahn, a 27-year-old from New Jersey, finished first in the USTA's wild-card challenge, while Volynets, a 17-year-old from California, won the 18s national championship.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a former Top 30 singles player as well as a former WTA Doubles World No.1, also received a wildcard into the qualifying event, as did former Top 100 players Shelby Rogers and Victoria Duval.

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