Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard claimed the Wimbledon girls’ title Saturday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Ukraine’s Elena Svitolina.
Bouchard, playing her first Grand Slam singles event, was the first Canadian woman to get to a final in a major since Sonja Jeyaseelan at the 1994 French Open.
Vancouver’s Filip Peliwo will hope to have similar success on Sunday when he plays for the boys’s title against Australia’s Luke Saville.
Bouchard, who is coached by former French player Nathalie Tauziet, claimed the opening set against Svitolina in 29 minutes, breaking to start the match on a double-fault.
The 18-year-old from Westmount, Que., ranked 304 on the WTA list, dropped her serve in the fourth game but immediately broke Svitolina’s next two serves on the way to the decisive early lead on showcase Court No. 1 at the All England Club.
Bouchard, who won five of eight break points and fired 21 winners in all, started the second set with a break as her confidence increased, running away with the second set to earn the trophy in one hour.