The future is now. Iga Swiatek won the girls' singles title at Wimbledon, beating Leonie Kung, the first qualifier to reach a Wimbledon girls’ final since Russian Anna Chakvetadze in 2003, 6-4, 6-2 on No.1 Court, and became the fourth Polish junior champion at Wimbledon after Alexandra Olsza and the Radwanska sisters.
Swiatek missed seven months after right ankle surgery last year, but she made a strong return this season in both ITF and junior Grand Slam tournaments. She came off a singles semifinals, where she lost to her doubles partner Caty McNally.
With her, she beat Yuki Naito and Naho Sato in the girls' doubles final and claimed her first Grand Slam title of all kind. Swiatek hit eight aces among 33 winners to just 13 unforced errors, while making good use of the drop shot in the final, as the Wimbledon site reports.
After losing the first set of the tournament, against world No.1, the American next big thing Whitney Osuigwe, her next toughest test came in the semi-final as she defeated No.4 Xinyu Wang. The qualifier Kung, instead, had beaten four players in the top 15, conceding just a single set.
But Swiatek, who already made her debut at Fed Cup level and won five ITF titles, used her angled groundstrokes, resembling the elegant game of her idol Aga Radwanska, to outmaneuvre her opponent. Kung, whose parents and sister left the family’s horse farm in the German-speaking part of Switzerland to support her, dropped her opening service game.
Then Swiatek broke again when she served to stay in the set. A couple of double faults made the difference to give Swiatek a 3-1 lead in the second. So, as her final forehand flwew long, Swiatek raised her hand to her face and dashed into the crowd to embrace her family and team.