Hungarian female tennis players Dalma Gálfi and Fanni Stollár have become the first Hungarian junior doubles to win the world’s oldest open tennis tournament at Wimbledon, England. The pair easily defeated the Belorussian-Slovak pair Lapko and Mihalikova on Tuesday to write history and become the first-ever fully Hungarian doubles to win the event. (Fellow Hungarians Tímea Babos and Ágnes Szávay had already been part of a winning doubles, in 2010 and 2005 respectively, but with foreign partners.)
The victory marks the greatest-ever success of Hungarian female tennis at the British tournament, equal to Márton Fucsovics’s first place in male singles in 2010.
The Hungarians progressed head-to-head in the finals until 3-2, after which they only lost a single game in the first set. The second went even more smoothly, winning three breaking balls out of four and beating their rivals in a total of one hour and six minutes.
Their success is extraordinary also because of their victory over the first seeded doubles in semi-finals as the third seeded pair. Ms. Gálfi featured in junior finals in 2014, but failed to win. The present success marks the greatest victory in the career of both girls so far.