If you want something, go get it.
That seems to be the lesson for anyone watching 18 year old Taylor Townsend upset 20th seed Alize Cornet during the third round of the French Open today.
Even if you haven’t heard of Townsend, it’s not because she hasn’t been making her mark on the tennis world. Although this is her first grand slam, she won the 2012 Australian Open junior tournament.
Townsend is the youngest player to advance to the third round in five years, and as USA Today noted, it’s not just the fact that she won her match, but how she won:
An 18-year-old playing in her first Grand Slam and upsetting the No. 20 seed is special enough, but Townsend earned the win after losing a big lead in each of the final two sets to a Frenchwoman playing in front of a raucous hometown crowd. Townsend was up a set and two breaks in the second and couldn’t close against Cornet. She got off to another fast start in the decisive set and had four match points at 5-1, before lost 12 of the next 13 points. No matter. Townsend calmly served it out to win, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Even though she’s always been a performer on the court, Townsend was once benched by the United States Tennis Association because of her weight.
Discussing the situation, Patrick McEnroe, the general manager of the United States Tennis Association development program explained that “[the organization’s] concern is her long-term health, number one, and her long-term development as a player.
Given Townsend’s bright smile and honesty, America won’t have any problem falling in love with its newest tennis star.
“I got really nervous and I was just trying to focus on doing the right things, but this is such a new moment for me. I was trying and it just wasn’t happening.” said Townsend after the match.