20 Oct 2017

Osuigwe hopes to solidify No. 1 spot at Junior Masters


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World Junior No. 1 Whitney Osuigwe says she can’t wait to take part in next week’s ITF Junior Masters as she looks for a strong performance in Chengdu to help solidify her bid to claim the year-end girls’ No. 1 ranking.

The 15-year-old American, who won the Roland Garros girls’ crown on her favoured clay in June, is taking part in this week’s Osaka Mayor’s Cup in Japan in her first visit to Asia, before heading to Chengdu for the Junior Masters on 25-29 October.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “Obviously that tournament holds the best of the best, so I’m excited to go there and play for the first time and I’m going to see how I can do.

“I’ve never played a tournament quite like it… with the top eight,” she added. “Obviously I’ve never played that event but I’ve only heard great things about it so I’m excited to see what it’s going to be like.

“It’s going to be a great experience. They treat you like how the pros get treated so I’m excited to go there and learn a couple of new things.”

Osuigwe, who is through to the quarterfinals in singles and the semifinals in doubles at the Grade A junior event in Osaka this week, is on a 12-match winning streak in junior competition having won a junior title in Tulsa, USA last week.

In fact, she has not dropped a set in singles or doubles at junior level since falling in the second round of the US Open girls’ event in September.

Does that mean her expectations are high for Chengdu?

“I don’t really have any expectations,” Osuigwe admitted. “I’m just developing my game and hopefully I’m going to better transition into the pro level. I’ll just try my best.

“This year I want to finish No. 1, but over the next six months I’m just better transitioning from the juniors to the pros. I’m going to play a couple more futures and see how I do.”

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