American Samantha Crawford of Atlanta, Ga. captured the 2012 U.S. Open Girls Junior Championship with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over 12th-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sunday. Crawford, who currently trains at the USTA National Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla., is the second consecutive American to win the U.S Open Junior Girls’ title, and the third in the past five years.
“We are extremely proud of Sam and the total team effort of her family, coach Kathy Rinaldi and the entire USTA Player Development team Boca Raton,” said USTA General Manager, Player Development Patrick McEnroe.
Crawford follows Grace Min, in 2011, and CoCo Vandeweghe, in 2008, as Americans to win U.S. Open Junior titles in the last five years. Crawford’s victory also completes an American sweep of the 2012 U.S. Open Junior Girls titles after Taylor Townsend of Jonesboro, Ga. and Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona, Calif. won the doubles championship on Saturday.
Crawford, a 17-year-old wild card in the 2012 U.S. Open Junior Championship, defeated five of the top 12 seeds to win her first major girls singles title and cap off an impressive summer. Crawford, as a wild card, qualified for the U.S. Open singles main draw and took Great Britain’s Laura Robson to a second-set tiebreak in the first round. She also played in the U.S. Open women’s doubles and mixed-doubles main draws, earning a wild card entry into the former after winning the USTA Girls 18s Nationals doubles title with partner Allie Kiick of Plantation, Fla. Crawford was playing in just her fifth ITF world junior circuit event of the year. Prior to the U.S. Open, she played in two USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 events in 2012, reaching the final in Yakima, Wash., and the semifinal in Sacramento.