Hui, Katherine: Another American 18-year-old win the girls’ junior title
Coco Gauff’s US Open victory has stood out as truly newsworthy all over the planet, with famous people and US President Joe Biden among those complimenting the 19-year-old on her groundbreaking achievement. On the other hand, while Gauff was wowing fans on Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium, another American teenager was celebrating a title win at Flushing Meadows in less grand settings.
On Court 12, Katherine Hui, an 18-year-old unseeded wildcard, defeated No. 9 seed Tereza Valentova 6-4 6-4 to win the girls’ junior title.
The native of San Diego, who will begin her freshman year at Stanford, won the tournament that will be her last as a junior player on her sixth match point.
She won the championship by defeating four players who were seeded, including second-seeded Peruvian Lucciana Perez Alarcon, who she defeated in straight sets in the second round.
Hui lost to previous Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets in the main round of ladies’ passing and said after her success on Saturday that the loss had a significant impact in her outcome in the lesser segment of the titles.
“I honestly dedicate a lot of this win to her,” Hui said of Bouchard, per the US Open.
“I was very discouraged from that match just because I felt like I had too much expectations and put too much expectations on results and wasn’t able to execute my game.
“Obviously, she takes balls early and steps in and was hitting really deep. I kind of took inspiration [from] that, and I have been here since then practicing on-site.”
Comrade Student Tien, 17, lost in the young men’s last as Brazil’s João Fonseca took the title with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win.