Min upsets Garcia to win US Open title
September 12, 2011
Grace Min, a 17-year-old from Duluth, Ga., upset top-seeded Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 7-6(3), to win the US Open girls’ singles title on Sunday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Garcia is currently No. 138 in the WTA rankings while Min is No. 550. Min did not drop a set in six matches, which included an upset over No. 2 seed Irina Khromacheva of Russia in the first round, and a victory over fellow American and Stanford University sophomore Nicole Gibbs in the semifinals. With the win, Min becomes the first American to win the US Open girls’ singles title since Coco Vandeweghe in 2008.
Min reached the singles final at the 2010 Orange Bowl and won the girls’ doubles title at Wimbledon earlier this summer. She has trained full-time at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., since the fall of 2009.