Serena Williams of the U.S. holds the trophy after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Lee Jin-man
November 16, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Samantha Crawford of Tamarac, Florida, has earned a main-draw Australian Open wild-card berth from the U.S. Tennis Association.

The USTA announced Monday that Crawford clinched the spot in the first Grand Slam tournament of 2016 by winning a lower-level event in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is the 20-year-old's first professional singles title.

Crawford won the 2012 U.S. Open girls' title.

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