Lauren Davis edges Whitney Osuigwe to win Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge


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Lauren Davis edges Whitney Osuigwe to win Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge

The 25-year-old Lauren Davis will compete in the main draw at Roland Garros for the seventh time in the last eight years after winning the eighth edition of the Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge. Designed to offer the main draw invitation for the lower-ranked American players, the Challenge counted two best results in the last four weeks at WTA events on clay and the ITF tournaments in the USA, with Davis edging past the young gun Whitney Osuigwe to punch Paris ticket.

A former world no. 26 from two years ago is currently ranked 112th and she would have had to pass the qualifying round to move into the main draw at Roland Garros, bypassing that with this triumph. Lauren won a match in Paris back in 2012 on debut as a qualifier and lost seven straight encounters after that, hoping for better luck in two weeks, skipping the entire European clay swing in 2018 due to fatigue.

In the first week of the Challenge, Lauren lost in the final in Dothan to grab 70 points before the 17-year-old Whitney Osuigwe conquered Charlottesville in week two to top the standings. The youngster almost secured the Challenge with a final run in Charleston (Davis lost in round two), forcing Lauren to win Bonita Springs last week to stay in contention.

Osuigwe lost in the semi-final while Davis battled past five rivals to clinch the title and 140 points, enough to move ahead of Whitney by ten points and book the place in the main draw at Roland Garros. Lauren Davis is the sixth different champion of the USTA Roland Garros Challenge after Melanie Oudin, Shelby Rogers, Taylor Townsend, Louisa Chirico and Amanda Anisimova.