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Youngest women tennis players and champions at the U.S. Open

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The following is a list of the youngest women tennis players who have won championships at the U.S. Open. I'm also listing the youngest woman and women to ever compete at the U.S. Open.

In general, especially at singles matches, women players are much more competitive than male players are at younger ages.

The youngest U.S. Open singles champion is a woman who is well over two years younger than the youngest man to ever win the singles title at the U.S. Open. The second youngest woman to win a singles title is also well over two years younger than the youngest man to win.

I've been a big tennis fan since I was a kid over four decades ago. I remember watching the youngest woman to ever win a singles championship at the U.S. Open, as she pulled a big upset over the biggest star in tennis at that time.

I also remember watching the second youngest woman to win the U. S. Open some 18 years later. I've watched just about every women's singles final for the last 40 years or so at the U.S. Open.

Youngest women tennis players and champions at the U.S. Open

Youngest woman to win a singles title at the U.S. Open

The youngest woman to ever win a singles titles at the U.S. Open is Tracy Austin. Tracy was just 16 years, 8 months and 28 days old when she defeated Chris Evert by a score of 6-4, 6-3 in the final to win the singles title in 1979.

Tracy Austin is also the youngest player, male or female, to ever win a singles title at the U.S. Open.

Youngest woman doubles champion at the U.S. Open

The youngest woman to win a doubles title at the U.S. Open is Martina Hingis. Martina was just 17 years, 11 months and 13 days old when she won the doubles title with Jana Novotna in 1998.

Right behind Martina Hingis are May Sutton, who won the doubles title in 1904 at age 17 years, 11 months and 14 days, and Serena Williams, who won the doubles title in 1999 at age 17 years, 11 months and 16 days.

Martina Hingis also won the singles title at the U.S. Open in 1997, when she was just 16 years, 11 months and eight days old. She was 3 months and 20 days older than Tracy Austin, the youngest winner ever at the U.S. Open.

Martina Hingis is also the youngest overall champion in Wimbledon history, having won a doubles title there at 15 years and 282 days of age.

Youngest woman mixed doubles champion at the U.S. Open

The youngest woman to win a mixed doubles title at the U.S. Open is Serena Williams. Serena was just 16 years, 11 months and 14 days old when she won the mixed doubles title in 1998 with Max Mirnyi as partner.

Youngest woman to compete at the U.S. Open

The youngest woman to ever compete at the U.S. Open is Kathy Horvath. Kathy was just 14 years and 5 days old when she lost in straight sets to Dianne Fromholtz in 1979. She is also the youngest player, male or female, to ever compete in the U.S. Open. Kathy Horvath went on to be a decent player, but she never won a Grand Slam event.

Six other women were under 15 when they played their first match at the U.S. Open. They are Sarah Pelfrey in 1927, Jeannie Evert (Chris' younger sister) in 1972, Andrea Jaeger in 1979, Kathy Rinaldi in 1981, Mary Jo Fernandez in 1985, and Jennifer Capriati in 1990.

Youngest woman to win a singles match

The youngest woman to win a singles match at the U.S. Open is Mary Jo Fernandez. Mary Jo defeated Sara Gomer in a first-round match in 1985 when she was just 14 years and 8 days old. Mary Jo is also the youngest player, male of female, to ever win a match at the U.S. Open.

Mary Jo Fernandez had a pretty good tennis career. She made three Grand Slam finals in singles play but lost each time. Mary Jo did win doubles championships at the Australian Open (1991) and the French Open (1996) in her career.

Mary Jo Fernandez is still active in tennis today as an announcer for ESPN.

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