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Cincinnati's McNally Awarded Western & Southern Open Wild Card

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Cincinnati native Caty McNally has been awarded a wild card for the singles field at the 2021 Western & Southern Open. McNally was told of her wild card during an appearance at the Western & Southern Open First Look presented by First Financial Bank at the Lytle Park Hotel in Cincinnati.

This season, Madeira’s McNally reached the quarterfinals in Guadalajara while also advancing to the Round of 16 on two other occasions. In 2020, she reached the third round at the US Open, and in the previous season posted her career-best WTA singles result with a semifinal in Washington, D.C. The 19-year-old who will be playing the Western & Southern Open for a third time owns a pair of titles at ITF events. 

McNally has enjoyed a great deal of professional success in doubles, winning four titles already, including a pair in 2021. Three of those titles have come in partnership with 17-year-old Coco Gauff, with whom she has reached a pair of Australian Open quarterfinals.

As a junior in 2018, McNally was runner-up at the French Open, losing to Gauff, and a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon. She also won the junior doubles title at the US Open (w/ Gauff) and French Open (w/Iga Swiatek) that same season.

McNally joins a field that includes the Top 20 players in the WTA Rankings. The full WTA field, which was announced prior to the First Look presented by First Financial Bank event, includes five former Western & Southern Open winners and 13 Major champions.

The Western & Southern Open will be held Aug. 14-22, with first serve taking place at 10 a.m. on Aug. 14 for the qualifying tournament. The men’s and women’s singles finals will take place on Sunday, Aug. 22.