Taylor Towsend stole the headlines at the US Open as the 23-year-old rank outsider knocked out fourth seed Simona Halep to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows. The world number 116 came from one set down against the current Wimbledon champion to cause a shock of seismic proportions and win the match on a final set tie-break, having saved a match point.
Townsend may have had to win three qualifying games just to make it into the main draw for this competition but she has taken her chance against one of the big guns. She wasn’t the only American to taste success yesterday as possibly the most popular female tennis player on the planet this year, Coco Guaff, bagged herself another win.
The 15-year-old saw off Hungarian Timea Babos in a close encounter that also went the distance, with the youngster eventually coming out on top. That win means she has set up a thrilling encounter with world number one Naomi Osaka in what looks to be her toughest test in her fledgling career to date.
Gauff has become the youngest player to reach this stage of the US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996 and will now take on the defending champion in the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday. These two Americans are leading the way for this new generation of tennis stars and for Townsend, in particular, this could be the catalyst she needs to kickstart her career.
Meanwhile, Osaka is still just 21 and having already made it to world number one, is not going anywhere anytime soon. The Japanese star and Coco Guaff could be the two leading figures in women’s tennis for the next decade and if they do fulfill their potential we could see some incredible tennis from both ladies.
The future of women’s tennis is certainly in safe hands.