Caty McNally loses in straight sets in hometown debut

17-year-old Cincinnati native played first Western & Southern Open match

Caty McNally loses in straight sets in hometown debut
Cincinnati native Caty McNally debuts at Western & Southern Open

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Playing in her first match in her hometown tournament, Cincinnati native Caty McNally lost to Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-0 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open.

Caty McNally plays world No. 20 Elise Mertens on Center Court in Mason
Caty McNally plays world No. 20 Elise Mertens on Center Court in Mason

McNally, the youngest player in the field at 17-years-old, recently turned pro and faced the world’s 20th ranked player in the main draw on Center Court in Mason.

McNally showed well in the first set, breaking Mertens’ serve to take a 4-2 lead. Mertens immediately answered by breaking McNally’s serve and dominated the rest of the match with several world class winners.

“Playing on Center Court was a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to play there ever since I was young. That was definitely checked off the bucket list today and I can’t wait to get out there and compete again,” she said.

Cincinnati native Caty McNally debuts at Western & Southern Open
Cincinnati native Caty McNally debuts at Western & Southern Open

McNally, who won the doubles championship this month at the WTA’s Citi Open, will play doubles at the Western & Southern Open.

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