The Washington Post Sunday

D.C. teen sweeps junior singles and doubles titles


new york — Washington native Robin Montgomery, 17, kicked off what proved a triumphant afternoon for young female tennis champions Saturday at the U.S. Open by winning the girls’ singles title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Kristina Dmitruk of Belarus.

After a few hours break, Montgomery returned to Court 12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to claim the girls’ doubles championsh­ip with partner Ashlyn Krueger of Highland Village, Tex. In an all-American final, Montgomery and Krueger defeated Reese Brantmeier, 16, of Whitewater, Wis., and Elvina Kalieva, 18, of Staten Island, N.Y., 5-7, 6-4 (10-4).

Montgomery, who first learned to play at 5 through a community outreach program at College Park’s Junior Tennis Champions Center, is the first player to sweep the U.S. Open girls’ singles and doubles titles since Michaella Krajicek of the Netherland­s in 2004.

It was Montgomery’s final Grand Slam tournament as a junior, and she was cheered on by a large family contingent that included her mother and grandmothe­r. “I didn’t picture my making it to the finals, but I wanted to do well because it is my last Slam,” Montgomery told reporters in a Zoom interview afterward. “But here I am. I hope I can make it to the next level.”

The last American junior to claim the rare double was Lindsay Davenport in 1992. Davenport went on to win three Grand Slam titles — the U.S. Open in 1998, Wimbledon in 1999 and the Australian Open in 2000.

Montgomery’s achievemen­t comes at a low point for American tennis.

For the first time in U.S. Open history, which dates to the 1880s, no American man or woman reached the quarterfin­als of the tournament’s main draw.

One American woman, Shelby Rogers, reached the round of 16 but was beaten at that stage by eventual winner Emma Raducanu in straight sets.

Three American men also advanced to the tournament’s fourth round: Reilly Opelka, 24; Frances Tiafoe, 23; and Jenson Brooksby, 20, among a handful of players who claimed a set from world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

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