Sixteen -year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland defeated Taylor Townsend of the United States to claim the Wimbledon girls’ championship.
Bencic won in three sets with a final score of 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
This is the second consecutive junior Grand Slam title for Belinda Bencic, who also won at the French Open last month.
Bencic had Townsend’s number from the start, winning in Paris and at a grass-court Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Roehampton, England.
Townsend has had her own success with a 2012 Australian Open girls’ title.
Following her victory Bencic had nothing but praise for her fellow competitor.
“Everything is difficult when you play her. It’s really tough to play against her every time,” Bencic said.
Belinda Bencic has a great coaching staff aiding in her climb to the pros. She is coached by her father and Melanie Molitor, the other of five-time champion Martina Hingis. Menalie began coaching Bencic when she was just 7-years-old. Hingis has been monitoring Bencic and said of her current play:
“Belinda’s still got a long way to go, but she’s got a bright future. She’s just won her first big tournament in Paris so it’s early days for her.”
Hingis tells the New York Times:
“You definitely have to grow up fast on the tour. You’re competing against girls who can be 10 years older so you have to mature. But it’s still strange when I return to Wimbledon, and I see the pictures of myself, and I look so young.”
With years under her belt and a growing list of junior titles, the future is most definitely bright for the young rising tennis star.
Do you think Belinda Bencic will go on to dominate the pro circuit in the future?