Southern Californian Kayla Day celebrated two milestone achievements on Sunday, Sept. 11, in New York City.
The 16-year-old Day, the No. 5-seed from Santa Barbara, defeated the No. 13-seed Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, 6-3, 6-2, on the Grandstand Court at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center to capture the U.S. Open Junior girls singles title at the year’s final Grand Slam.
In her post-match press conference, Day was notified that on Monday she would be the new International Tennis Federation No. 1 world-ranked junior girls player.
“These were like the best two weeks of my life,” said Day after the match. “Every day was great. I had so...