Category: Tennis Published on Monday, 09 July 2012 07:40 Written by Sarah Grossman
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.