Perez wins US Open wildcard
Ellen Perez has stunned Ash Barty to win a wildcard into the main draw of the US Open.
Australia’s Ellen Perez has completed a dream weekend in Bradenton to win Australia’s women’s US Open wildcard play-off.
The 20-year-old upset No.2 seed Ash Barty 6-4 6-3, using her serve and forehand to dominate and to secure her place in the main draw at Flushing Meadows.
The win came a day after Perez brushed aside top seed Arina Rodionova to take her place in the final.
Perez on Friday beat Naiktha Bains, giving her three wins in three days at the IMG Academy, and a Grand Slam main draw debut.
“I’m really excited to utilise this opportunity to be among the best in the world,” Perez said.
“I am most looking forward to the opportunity to compete in my first Grand Slam singles event, play in front of the crowds and learn from this experience in the future.”
The left-hander, from Wollongong, currently plays for Georgia University in the US college system.
She came into the play-off in good form; on a recent ITF tournament swing through Europe, she won an ITF title in Brussels as a qualifier, and also reached another final and semifinal, to build a win-loss record of 19-2.
“I believe those matches over in Europe really helped with my confidence and belief in my own game.”