On July 13, 17-year-old Ukrainian tennis player Daria Snigur set a Ukrainian record by winning the girls’ singles at Junior Wimbledon in a straight-sets victory over Alexa Noel from the United States with a final scoreline 6-4, 6-4. Earlier last week, Kharkivite Elina Svitolina reached the Wimbledon semifinal for the first time.
Snigur rallied back after trailing in both sets, battling back against the Americans varied shots and attacking rallies.
Being 4-1 down in the first set and 3-0 down in the second set, the Ukrainian’s flat trajectory shots started to overpower the American winning five straight games to win the first set and six of the last seven games to win the match.
The final was Snigur’s second win against Noel in just three weeks. They also played each other in the final of the prestigious Grade 1 ITF junior event at Roehampton in the week prior to Wimbledon.
Snigur also won that match, losing just three games.
Unseeded Snigur defeated No.11 seed Kamilla Bartone from Latvia in her first match, and the American Emma Navarro in the semis losing only three games.
The Kyivite is the first junior girls’ player from her country to win the singles title at Wimbledon when she was 15, following Kateryna Bondarenko in 2004.
She is the fourth Ukrainian to win a junior Grand Slam singles title overall, joining Bondarenko, Elina Svitolina at 2010 French Open and Marta Kostyuk at 2017 Australian Open.
“I can’t believe it. It was my dream. It’s very good for me. I worked hard every single day to get this trophy. It’s incredible!” Snigur exclaimed.
“I finish my junior career here with very good feelings. I want to win a Grand Slam, of course. It was my dream,” she admitted.
Text: Richard J. Wilson