Eighteen-year old Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., clinched a spot in the main draw of the US Open for the third straight year by winning the US Open Wild Card Challenge on Friday.
Kenin, one of the youngest players ranked in the Top 200 at No. 152, clinched the wild card with fellow American Amanda Anisimova’s quarterfinal loss to American Emina Bektas today at the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event in Lexington, Ky.
Kenin wins the US Open Wild Card Challenge for the second straight year on the strength of her results at three $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit over the last several weeks. She won the singles title in Stockton, Calif., two weeks ago, then reached the semifinals in Sacramento last week before outlasting Anisimova this week in Lexington.
Kenin made her Grand Slam debut at the 2015 US Open after earning a wild card as the USTA Girls’ 18s national champion.
Tommy Paul, who has reached the quarterfinals of the Citi Open ATP 500 event this week in Washington, D.C., currently leads the men’s wild card challenge, which will conclude next week.
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