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U.S. Hopeful Donald Young Breaking Out in a Big Way at U.S. Open

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The one-time phenom seems to be putting everyting together, going from wild card entrant to the final 16 making the U.S. Open even more a Must See.

U.S. Hopeful Donald Young Breaking Out in a Big Way at U.S. Open

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Donald Young defeated the 24th seed Juan Ignacio Chela today to reach the fourth round, the round of 16, at the 2011 U.S. Open.  If you don't recognize the name Donald Young, I don't blame you.  He came onto the seen nearly a decade ago when John McEnroe was hyping him up as the next great American player.  Young was only just reaching his teens, but he quickly rose to the top of the junior ranks.  By 2005, he was the #1 junior in the world, the youngest player to do so at just 16 years and five months old.  

Despite the initial acclaim and the backing of a tennis great, Young just couldn't seem to put things together after that.  He couldn't translate his junior success over to the ATP World Tour and was squandering all of his chances while stirring up controversy in the process.  People were beginning to write Young off, and it was looking like they were right.

He entered this year's U.S. Open as a wild card, and won his first match in straight sets over Lucas Lacko.  He faced 14 seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the second round and defeated him in a five-set thriller.  Young went down two sets to one and came back to win a tie-breaker in the final set.  His third round victory over Chela was much easier.  Young dispatched him in straight sets.

The praise is raining down on Young again.  After Young's victory over Wawrinka, commentator Patrick McEnroe said, "In tennis terms, Donald Young became a man today." 

Greg Garber also wrote after that victory that Young is a "problem child no more."  Winning seems to cure all, and Young is finally starting to win.  It's always a great story when someone can turn things around for the better, and Young is doing that.  He has had some bright moments leading up to this tournament to indicate that things were starting to turn around.  One of those, a victory over pre-tournament favorite Andy Murray, might prove useful.  Murray could be Young's next opponent.

Young's success could also be a big step for African Americans in tennis.  Only two men of African ancestry have ever won grand slam titles: Arthur Ashe and Yannick Noah.  Ashe remains the only African American to ever win a grand slam title. 

Young remains a long way away from the finals, and he will have to get through some great players, but the only way to make that next step is to beat the players ranked ahead of you.  It seems as if Young is at least on the right path to living up to all of that hype.

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