Sixteen year-old African-American tennis champ, Taylor Townsend, has just won the first qualifying round at the WTA Memphis Tennis Championships. The young athlete finished out last season as the top-ranked junior tennis world champion. Her keen success led the U.S. to victory in the 2012 Junior Fed Cup team competition.
Taylor Townsend is a Chicago native. Her mother, Sheila Townsend, was a tennis player who introduced her two daughters to the sport.