The competition in the junior edition of the 2022 Grand Slam Wimbledon has ended. American Liv Hovde and Croatian Mili Pulicak won the championship titles.

Rafai Smolensky

Lev Hovdi

Getty Images/Robert Prang/Pictured: Lev Hovdi

The first finals of the junior championship was held on Saturday. Top seed Liv Hovde and seventh player Luke Oddvarda battled for the title on the girls’ single. The American reached the final by losing a set and was the favorite in the match against Hungary. After 73 minutes, she turned out better after two breaks and finally won 6:3, 6:4.

– I am very happy that I won the title at Wimbledon, because it means as much to me as the whole world. A lot of Americans have won Grand Slam titles in junior competitions and then have achieved great things in tennis. To follow in their footsteps at the entry level is amazing. It makes me really excited about the future. This is a great move, although I still have some work to do to get to the big stage. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds,” said Hofdi, the 16-year-old (quoted from ITF), who became the Wimbledon U18 U14 champion.

On Saturday, the winners of the girls’ doubles tournament were also chosen. The title was won by Dutch Rose-Marie Nijkamp and Kenyan Angela Okotoy, who defeated Canada’s Kayla Cross and Victoria Mpoko 3:6, 6:4, 11-9, the fourth seed. The winners defended the match ball in the tiebreak, just as in the quarter-finals. Okutoyi made history as the first Grand Slam champion to represent Kenya.

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It’s great that I am the first Kenyan international to win a Grand Slam title. I am able to inspire most players from Kenya and Africa. I think they can also achieve that. It doesn’t matter where you come from or where you’ve been, Okotoye told the BBC, it’s just a belief and a dream you can make.

The junior final was held on Sunday. Michael Zing and Mila Polijekak fought for the title. Just a few weeks ago, the American defeated the Croatian at a meal in Paris as part of the second round of the 2022 Roland Garros. Now they had to play on Wimbledon grass and the Croatian was happy to win. Poljicak won after 1 hour 56 minutes 7:6 (2), 7:6 (3). He became the first representative of Croatia with the Wimbledon Cup in the boys’ category.

Sebastian Gorzny and Alex Michaelsen won the junior doubles title. The Americans defeated French duo Gabriel Debrow and Paul Inchosby 7:6 (5), 6:3 in Saturday’s final. The victory of the US representatives at Wimbledon would not have been possible without the happy victory in the semi-finals. Young tennis players from across the Atlantic then defended two match balls in a super breakout match against Spanish duo Martin Landalos and Pedro Rodinas.

ChampionshipsWimbledon (UK)
Grand Slam Championship, grass pitch
Saturday – Sunday 9-10 July

Junior Singles Final:

Lev Hovde (USA, 1) beat Luca Odvardi (Hungary, 7) 6-3, 6-4

Junior Singles Final:

Mili Poljak (Croatia, 3) over Michael Zenge (US) 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).

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Junior doubles final:

Rose Marie Nijkamp (Netherlands) / Angela Okotoi (Kenya) v Kayla Cross (Canada, 4) / Victoria Mboko (Canada, 4) 3-6, 6-4, 11-9

Junior doubles final:

Sebastien Gorzny (USA) / Alex Michaelsen (USA) – Gabriel Debrow (France, 5) / Paul Inchausby (France, 5) 7-6 (5) 6-3

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