July 16th, 2017

U.S. Wins Wimbledon Girls’ Singles, Doubles Runner-up

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Claire Liu (photo: AELTC/Ben Queenborough)

No. 3-seeded Claire Liu (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) defeated unseeded Ann Li (Devon, Pa.) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the all-American girls’ singles final on Saturday at Wimbledon.

It was the 17-year-old Liu’s second straight junior Slam final appearance after finishing runner-up at the French Open to American compatriot Whitney Osuigwe. Liu is the first American girls’ singles champion at Wimbledon since Chanda Rubin in 1992.

It was the first time American girls have won the French and Wimbledon in the same year since Bonnie Gadusek (French) and Zina Garrison (Wimbledon) achieved the feat in 1981. Garrison also won the US Open juniors title that year.

Osuigwe and fellow American Caty McNally reached the Wimbledon girls’ doubles final as the No. 4 seeds on Sunday, falling to the unseeded Serb/Slovak pairing of Olga Danilovic and Kaja Juvan.