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US Open Moments: Aug. 27, 1985

Mary Joe Fernandez

On Aug. 27, 1985, Mary Joe Fernandez, at the age of 14 years and eight days, became the youngest player to win a match at the US Open.

The future U.S. Fed Cup captain etched her name in the record books with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Great Britain's Sara Gomer in the first round of the 1985 event. Fernandez would fall in the next round to fellow American Ann Henricksson but would go on to enjoy an impressive career in Flushing Meadows. In 1986, she advanced to the third round as a 15-year-old before falling to No. 2 seed Chris Evert, and she would go on to reach the semifinals in 1990 and 1992 as well as the quarterfinals in 1995.

Fernandez's last US Open was 1999, with her final match being a fourth-round defeat at the hands of young Venus Williams, herself just 19 at the time.

To this day, Fernandez remains the youngest player ever to win a singles match at the US Open. The youngest ever to compete was Kathy Horvath, who was 14 years and five days old when she played in the 1979 US Open – or just three days younger than Fernandez at the time of her maiden victory.