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Townsend Gets Wild Card Into French Open

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Taylor Townsend of the United States of America plays a backhand during the Girls' Singles final match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2013 in London, England. (Source: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Taylor Townsend of the United States of America plays a backhand during the Girls’ Singles final match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2013 in London, England. (Source: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Taylor Townsend has earned a wild card into the main draw of the French Open after winning a U.S. Tennis Association qualifying tournament.

The former world No. 1 junior will be playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam event for the first time. She is ranked 256th in the world.

The 18-year-old Townsend, from Houston, earned the spot by beating Anett Kontaveit 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 to reach the final, then topped Yulia Putintseva 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday in the championship match.

The USTA provides wild cards for one man and one woman each year. Robby Ginepri won the men’s spot Saturday.

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