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Taylor Townsend Among 8 Women With Wild Cards For US Open

Taylor Townsend reacts after winning against Silvia Soler Espinosa of Spain after a match on day two of the Western & Southern Open on August 10, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

Taylor Townsend reacts after winning against Silvia Soler Espinosa of Spain after a match on day two of the Western & Southern Open on August 10, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Taylor Townsend, Grace Min, Nicole Gibbs and Danielle Collins are among eight players receiving wild-card invitations for the U.S. Open women’s draw.

Townsend, ranked 125th in the world, is an 18-year-old from Chicago who is a former junior No. 1 and reached the third round at the French Open this year. Min won the 2011 U.S. Open girls’ title, while Gibbs and Collins are NCAA champions.

Other wild-card entries announced Tuesday by the U.S. Tennis Association are past Wimbledon and Australian Open junior finalist Madison Brengle, USTA girls’ national champion CiCi Bellis, Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova and France’s Amandine Hesse.

The U.S. Open, the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, starts Aug. 25.

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