Eugenie Bouchard crowned Champion at Wimbledon
July 7, 2012 · Print This Article
Montreal, July 7, 2012 – Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday when she was crowned champion of the Wimbledon junior girls’ singles draw at the All-England Club.
Bouchard, who was playing in her first Major singles final after reaching two semifinals at the Australian Open, never seemed phased by the magnitude of the moment on Court 1. The 18-year-old needed just one hour to dispose of Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine 6-2, 6-2. Svitolina knocked out Françoise Abanda (Montréal, QC) in the semifinals to prevent an all-Canadian final. Bouchard got revenge for her compatriot in the final, hitting 21 winners compared to five for her opponent en route to her second title at Wimbledon after winning the junior doubles trophy last year. This is a 12th junior title for Bouchard, who swept the singles and doubles titles at the Wimbledon warm up junior event at Roehampton last week.
The no. 2 ranked junior player in the world will return to the court later today to contest her doubles semifinal alongside American Taylor Townsend. They will take on Abanda and American Sachia Vickery. For his part, Filip Peliwo (Vancouver, BC) will try and follow in Bouchard’s footsteps on Sunday when he plays in his third consecutive Grand Slam final. For the occasion, he’ll meet World No. 1 Luke Saville of Australia who beat him in the final of the Australian Open earlier this year.