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Taylor Townsend has her come up at the US Open — The Undefeated

In a career full of trials and tribulations where Taylor Townsend struggled through being body-shamed and abandoned, perhaps the lowest point of her journey came while playing a 2016 International Tennis Federation tour event in Pelham, Alabama. As Townsend stepped up to serve during her first qualifying match of that $25,000 tournament, she glanced across the net at a 69-year-old woman who was three decades past her prime.

“I couldn’t believe what was happening; it was insane,” recalled Townsend on Thursday, talking about an opponent, Gail Falkenberg, who had achieved her…

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