Tami Grende wins top girls honour
Bali’s own Tami Grende is now a Grand Slam champion. The 17-year-old from Bali and her partner, China’s Qui Yu Ye, won the Girls’ Doubles title at the 2014 Wimbledon championship. This was the world-class junior player’s first time playing the big event at the All-England Club and she and Qui took the title by defeating Marie Bouzkova (CZE) and Dalma Galfi (HUN) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Although Grende was crowned the doubles’ champion, she lost to in the second round of the Girls’ Single division – but not before taking down the 15th seed Anna Bondar in the first round.
The half-Italian, half-Indonesian rising tennis star lives and trains in Denpasar and is a fixture on Indonesia’s Fed Cup team.
Grende follows in the footsteps of Indonesian tennis star Angelique Widjaja, who also conquered Wimbledon as a junior by winning the Girls’ Singles title in 2001. Widjaja followed up the win by taking the Women’s Doubles title at the Australian Open the following year.
Top image: Wimbledon