Texan No.1 seed in the junior girls’ draw Liv Hovde overcame her nerves to win the battle of the 16-year-olds on No.1 Court, fighting past Hungary’s Luca Udvardy to be crowned Girls’ Singles Champion.
The American joins past girls’ champions from the USA such as Chanda Rubin, Zina Garrison and Tracy Austin on the roll of honour after her 6-3, 6-4 victory in front of a large crowd.
The win wraps up a perfect Fortnight for Hovde in south-west London – she also won the junior ITF warm-up tournament in nearby Roehampton to make it 12 singles victories in a row on grass.
“I think it suits my game and it’s a really cool surface to play on,” said Hovde, who is coached back home by former Wimbledon men’s singles quarter-finalist Phil Dent.
“It was super nerve-racking at the beginning but I just had to focus on my ‘down below’ instead of on the people. I hope to be back [here] in the pros soon.”