American teenager Robin Montgomery, all of 15 years old, has won her first title on the professional circuit at the ITF $25K event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Montgomery defeated China's Xiaodi You, ranked No. 174 in the world, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final to win the title.
This was only the fourth tournament for the 15 year old on the professional circuit. Montgomery is currently ranked No. 803 in the world rankings which will go much higher after this win. She is also currently ranked No. 5 in the ITF junior rankings - which is also a career-high for the American teen.
She reached the quarter-finals of the recent Australian Open junior championships in January, going down to eventual champion Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, of Andorra 1-6, 7-5, 6-7 and won the prestigious Orange Bowl title in December.
Speaking to the ITF website in January during the Australian Open, Montgomery commented, “After winning the Orange Bowl and Junior Fed Cup, I definitely feel more confident coming into tournaments such as Junior Grand Slams.
It helped me realise that I do belong here and that I can compete against the other girls playing big tournaments. It also made me realise that I can be one of the top players. I enjoy playing players who are older than me. I feel less pressure – I like playing them.
My coaches always tell me before I go on court that ‘there is always going to be one winner and one loser. For me, that helps me get through matches and reminds me that I have to enjoy myself on court. No matter what the end result, I know that I am the same person and people will still support me whether I win or lose”.