2022 American Players to Watch
Updated: Oct 28
Madison Brengle, 31, Dover, Delaware
Singles champions at back-to-back W60 events in Berkeley and Templteon; reached QFs of WTA events in Adelaide and Cleveland; reached 3R at WTA events in Dubai, Doha and Miami; reached 2R at Australian Open
Best 2021 results: singles champion at WTA 125 event in Midland; reached 3R at Wimbledon (d. No. 4 Kenin in 2R); reached 2R at French Open and Australian Open; reached singles final at W100 event in Charleston
Best 2020 results: reached the 3R at the US Open, tying a career-best US Open finish (2015), and lost in 1R of the French Open
2020 Pre-Pandemic: Singles title at a $125K in Newport Beach
Best 2019 results: Singles titles at W60s in Berkeley, Calif., and Landisville, Pa.,
this summer; SFs at W100 grass court event in Manchester; Final at $80K in Charlottesville (l. Osuigwe); 2R in Miami (d. Stosur in 1R); QFs at WTA international in Nuremberg; Didn’t play fall season.
In 2018: Made the US Open main draw as a ‘lucky loser,’ and fell to fellow American Sofia Kenin in the first round in a third-set tiebreak; Won three Pro Circuit-level singles titles, at the $100K in Midland, Mich., and $60Ks in Landisville, Pa., and Stockton, Calif.
Advanced to the third round of Wimbledon in 2017 (d. Kvitova) and the quarterfinals at the WTA event in Auckland, defeating Serena Williams in the second round.
Reached her first-ever WTA final in Hobart in 2015 and then advanced to the fourth round of the 2015 Australian Open—her career-best Grand Slam result—upsetting Andrea Petkovic in the first round. Rose to No. 35 that year.
Won USTA wild card playoffs to earn entry into the Australian Open (2007-08) and the French Open (2008).
Climbed to No. 4 in the ITF World Junior Rankings in 2007 after advancing to the girls’ singles finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Family owns and operates the Dover Tennis Center in Dover, Del.
Inducted into the Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame in 2016
Katie Volynets, 20, Walnut Creek, California
Singles champion at W100 event in Palm Harbor; earned first Grand Slam win at French Open (reached 2R); qualified for main draw of Australian Open; reached SFs at W100 events in Bonita Springs and Ilkley, England; reached QFs at W100 event in Charleston; reached 2R at Indian Wells
2021 best results: Singles title at USTA Pro Circuit W100 in Bonita Springs, Fla.; lost in R1 of US Open (received main draw wild card); qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon to reach her second career Grand Slam main draw.
Made Grand Slam debut at 2019 US Open, as a WC after winning the USTA Girls’ 18s national title that year (1R, l. Andreescu). Said Andreescu: “She was getting to a lot of balls and she's an incredible fighter. That's what I told her after the match. I'm sure it's going to get her places."
2019 USTA Girls’ 18s national champion (d. 2021 NCAA singles champion Emma Navarro in final).
Last name is pronounced Volley-Nets. “I like to volley, so it suits me.”
Won the USTA Girls’ 12s National Championship in 2014, and won the USTA Girls’ 14s national title the next year.
In 2016, won the Girls’ 16s singles titles at both Eddie Herr and the Orange Bowl in consecutive weeks, the first girl to ever do so, dating back to 1993.
Father is Ukrainian; Katie can speak fluent Russian, sing opera and play piano.
Emma Navarro, 21, Charleston, South Carolina
Singles champion at W60 event in Liepaja, Latvia; reached singles final at W60 events in Amstelveen, Netherlands and Montreux, Switzerland; reached SFs at WTA 125k event in Vancouver; reached 2R at WTA event in Charleston
2022 ITA All-American and No. 1 ranked women’s singles player for most of the 2022 NCAA season
2021 NCAA men’s singles champion as a freshman at the University of Virginia, earning wild card into US Open main draw
Lost one match her entire freshman season (against reigning NCAA champion Estela Perez-Somarriba who she beat in the
NCAA championship match)
Best 2021 pro results: Won first professional singles title at W25 event in Orlando; reached QFs of WTA 125 Series event
in Charleston; qualified and reached QFs at W60 event in Berkeley
Singles finalist at 2019 USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 18s National Championships, earning a US Open qualifying wild card
Reached SFs of ITF World Tennis Tour $100k event in Charleston in 2019
Girls’ singles finalist and girl’s doubles champion at 2019 French Open, also reached girls’ doubles final at 2019 Australian
Dad, Ben, owns WTA event in Charleston (formerly Volvo Car Open) and recently purchased Western & Southern Open
Former world No. 3 junior
Caroline Dolehide, 24, Hinsdale, Ill./Orlando, Florida
Qualified for the singles main draw at the Australian Open (l. Collins in R1) and reached doubles QF; reached SF at W60 event in Rome, Ga.; reached 2R at Miami Open; reached doubles final at WTA event in Nottingham and doubles SF at US Open
Best 2021 results: fell in qualifying at the all four Grand Slams; qualified for main draw of WTA events in Guadalajara in March and Charleston in April; reached three WTA doubles finals this year, winning one (Monterrey)
Best 2020 results: fell in qualifying at the Australian and French Opens; lost in the first round of the US Open main draw.
Best 2019 results: Singles titles at W60s in Charleston in October and Concord, Mass. In August; Qualified and l. 1R to No.
18 Wang at US Open.
Singles silver medalist and doubles gold medalist (with Usue Arconada) at 2019 Pan American Games in August in Lima,
Peru. By nature of reaching singles final (l. to Podoroska, ARG) gave herself a (quite unlikely) shot at qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as she’d earn a spot on the American team if four U.S. women don’t earn direct acceptance via ranking on June 8, 2020.
She nearly broke into the WTA Top 100 last summer after reaching the second round at the French Open and has won three ITF World Tennis Tour-level doubles titles in 2019.
Grew up working with coach Tom Lockhart for more than 10 years before joining the USTA development program
Was committed to attend UCLA before deciding to turn pro.
Comes from an athletic family: older sister, Courtney, was the captain of the 2014 UCLA NCAA title team and has coached
women's tennis at the college ranks at University of Texas Georgetown; her younger sister Stephanie, who is now playing tennis for Army at West Point, won a state doubles title in 2015 as a sophomore at Hinsdale Central; Brother also won three state titles in golf at the same high school, played golf in college for FAU and is now on the Baylor men’s golf coaching staff
Kayla Day, 23, Santa Barbara, California
Singles champion at W25 event in Naples (first singles title in nearly six years) and W25 event in Redding; qualified and reached QFs at W100 event in Bonita Springs; reached SFs at W60 event in Orlando; reached singles final at W25 in Wichita; qualified for main draw at WTA events in San Jose and Concord
Best 2021 results: reached first singles final in more than three years at W25 event in Fort Worth; also reached singles final at W25 event in Austin
Best 2019 results: Quarterfinalist at the ITF World Tennis Tour W60 event in Honolulu; fell in the second round at the ITF World Tennis Tour W100 event in Charleston, S.C., as a qualifier; reached the second round at the WTA 125K Series event in Newport Beach
Peaked at a career-high No. 122 in the world in June 2017 after reaching the semifinals of the $100,000 ITF Pro Circuit event in Marseille, the quarterfinals of the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Charleston, S.C., and the semifinals of the $25,000 event in Naples, Fla.
In summer 2017, competed in the US Open as a wild card and won a match at the US Open Series event in Stanford, Calif., where she also reached the doubles semifinals
Also in 2017, advanced to the third round of Indian Wells and reached the singles final and won the doubles title at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Competed in the Australian Open for the first time in 2017 after winning the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge in fall 2016
Won the 2016 US Open girls’ singles title and shot to No. 1 in the world junior rankings. Also reached the semifinals of junior Wimbledon in 2016
Also at the 2016 US Open, earned a wild card into the main draw and won her first-round match over Madison Brengle in her Grand Slam debut
Won her first career USTA Pro Circuit singles title in 2016 at the $50,000 event in Macon, Ga.
Moved from No. 998 in the rankings at the end of 2015 to No. 195 at the end of 2016
Helped lead the U.S. to a second-place finish on clay in Madrid at the 2015 Junior Fed Cup final
Sophie Chang, 25, Havre de Grace, Maryland
Singles champion at W25 events in Vero Beach, Fla., and Sumter, S.C.; qualified for main draw of WTA event in Charleston; reached QFs of W100 event in Palm Harbor; reached SFs at W60 events in Orlando and Templeton
Best 2021 results: SFs at the W25 in Pelham; QFs at W60 event in Charleston; qualified and reached 2R at W100 event in Landisville; qualified and reached QFs at W60 event in Berkeley
Best 2019 results: fell in the second round at the WTA 125K Series event in New Haven, Conn,; quarterfinalist at the USTA Pro Circuit W25 events in Plantation, Fla., Bethany Beach, Del., and Sumter, S.C. Reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Pro Circuit W25 event in Pelham, Ala., as a qualifier. Reached the second round at the USTA Pro Circuit W60 event in Concord, Mass., as a qualifier
Captured first career USTA Pro Circuit singles title in March 2018 at the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Orlando, held at the USTA National Campus.
Holds seven USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles, including the $80,000 event in Charlottesville, Va., in 2018.
Won the 2016 US Open National Playoffs – Women’s Singles Championship to earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying
Tournament in her US Open debut.
Committed to play at the University of Virginia before turning pro.
Her great-grandfather, Joseph Carpenter, won the mixed doubles title at the 1910 U.S. National Championships.