Canada sees first Wimbledon wins in junior singles competitions since 1981
July 9, 2012
Over the weekend, two Canadian athletes made their country proud by winning the boys and girls junior singles titles at Wimbledon. Filip Peliwo of Vancouver and Quebec's Eugenie Bouchard each took the crown in their respective groups at the world renowned competition, according to The Globe and Mail.
On Saturday, 18-year-old Bouchard defeated Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-2 in the final round of the junior girls' singles in the Grand Slam. This was Bouchard's first appearance in the Wimbledon Grand Slam competiton. Her victory was part of what inspired Peliwo to fight for his place atop the podium when it was his turn on the court.
"I was definitely, I won't say jealous of her, but that made me even more hungry," Peliwo told The Montreal Gazette. "I just wanted to have the same feeling for myself and for Canada, to be able to win the Slam. I know it would be a great achievement if both girls' and boys' champions would be Canadians."
Peliwo, who was competing in the Grand Slam for the third time, soared to victory over Australia's Luke Saville, the defending champion. His 7-5, 6-4 victory not only gave him the win for the competition but placed him top among junior male tennis players around the world.
While this is a great success for Canada and the players, Bouchard did not stop at just one victory. She went on to claim the title for the girls' doubles alongside her partner on the court, American Taylor Townsend, the Gazette reports.