Head girl Wozniacki ready to graduate

Great Dane in making has the Hingis touch

Judging by the size of her smile, Caroline Wozniacki will probably have a cracking 16th birthday party on Tuesday. She already has the perfect present to show off to her friends in the form of the Wimbledon Girls' Singles Championship trophy she won yesterday.

Wozniacki has been creating such a stir at home and throughout the tennis world that she already knows there will be no plan to defend her crown next year, even though she is young enough to defend her title another three times. The 15-year-old Dane plans to graduate on to the full women's tour after playing the juniors at the US Open at the end of next month.

Wozniacki is a leggy blonde, who already stands at nearly 6ft tall and boasts four main sponsors. She has, however, based her game on the touch and talent of her idol Martina Hingis rather than the big power-hitters of the modern game.

The No 4 seed displayed a full array of shots on a fairly well-attended Court Three in a 3-6 6-1 6-3 win against gallant opponent Magdalena Rybarikova, of Slovakia, seeded six.

But the progress of Wozniacki will probably not herald a run of Danish talent sizzling into the upper echelons of the women's game. Wozniacki was almost embarrassed to admit there is so little opposition at home she has to practise with the professional men to improve her game.

"There is no one else coming through in the Danish juniors so I am really happy to have won such a big event," Wozniacki said. "I really can't believe it and I'll now have a double party back in Denmark for my birthday.

"My aim is to play some senior events, get up the rankings and be back here in the women's next year. I would like to think I can do it playing like Martina; thinking on court and using clever shots and tactics rather than just power. But at the moment I am so happy and so excited I can hardly take in that I have won Wimbledon. I was surprised even to be in the final."

Another happy tall blond won the boys' singles. The honour went to 6ft 2in Thiemo De Bakker, who became the first ever Dutch winner of the event. No 1 seed de Bakker defeated Polish qualifier Marcin Gowron 6-2 7-6 (7-4) in front of a packed lunchtime Court Two crowd.

De Bakker's hero and role model, like Wozniacki's, is also a good choice. The 17-year-old wants to emulate Roger Federer, a player he hopes to be challenging in the men's game in the not too distant future, having immediately announced his plans to quit the junior circuit for the men's tour.

He said: "It is a very special feeling to be the first Dutch winner here, but now I have to try and do it in the seniors. This might be my last junior event, I'm not sure yet. I have spent the last year working on my physical strength so I can be strong enough to compete at the highest level.

"I used to get trouble with cramp but I have shown to myself over the past two weeks that my hard work in the gym seems to have solved that."

De Bakker, who feels more at home on the slow red clay-courts, now hopes to become the next big tennis player to come out of Holland. There is currently only one Dutchman, Raemond Sluiter, in the world's top 100, a far cry from the times when players such as Sixties and Seventiesstar Tom Okker and, more recently, Paul Haarhuis were regular contenders in the big events.

Richard Krajicek, of course, won the men's singles here in 1996, breaking up Peter Sampras's reign as King of Centre Court. Sampras won the three preceding and three following men's finals.

De Bakker's feat yesterday marks a good start, but only time will tell if can achieve a fraction of that success in a man's world.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?