17-year-old Indian American Samir Banerjee reached the boy’s singles final at Wimbledon 2021 after beating France’s Sascha Gueymard Wayenburg in a thrilling semi-final match on Saturday. He overcame Wayenburg 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 in an hour and 58 minutes at the All-England Club.
Samir Banerjee will take on USA’s Victor Lilov in the first all-American Wimbledon boy’s singles final since 2014.
Samir, 17, lives in New Jersey and started his professional tennis career as recently as last year.
The American teenager has had a stunning start to his journey on the ITF tour as he has won 5 titles, all of them on clay, so far. He has reached the final of 10 of the 17 tournaments he has featured in so far. After having been outsted in the first round at Roland Garros, Samir has been on a giant-killing spree on the grass courts of Wimbledon.
On Saturday, Samir, ranked 19th on the junior ITF charts, was made to work hard by Sascha Gueymard Wayenburg. He was stretched to the distance in the first set before he held his composure and took it. The second set was a breeze for his French opponent but Samir showcased his class to close out the set and the match.
Samir also has a chance to reach the boy’s doubles final as he will be pairing up with Japan’s Kokoro Isomura in the semi-final against Daniel Rincon of Spain and Abedallah Shelbayh of Jordan later on Saturday.
Earlier, World No. 1 Ash Barty became the first Australian woman in 41 years to win the women’s singles crown. The former cricketer and girls singles champion defeated Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 and emulated her idol, Goolagong Cawley, on the 50th anniversary of the latter’s first Australian Open triumph.