Australian Open: Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, 14, claims Grand Slam first for tiny Andorra

Published February 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Agence France-Presse

Fourteen-year-old Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva became the first Andorran to capture a title at a Grand Slam when she won the Australian Open girls’ tournament on Saturday.

Andorra's Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva kisses the Australian Junior Singles Championship Girls trophy after beating Poland's Weronika Baszak during their junior girls' singles final match on day thirteen of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 1, 2020. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE
Andorra’s Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva kisses the Australian Junior Singles Championship Girls trophy after beating Poland’s Weronika Baszak during their junior girls’ singles final match on day thirteen of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 1, 2020. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP)

Jimenez Kasintseva, who was the youngest player in the draw and was making her Grand Slam debut, beat 17-year-old Pole Weronika Baszak 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 in 2hrs 4mins.

Andorra's Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva (L) poses with the Australian Junior Singles Championship Girls trophy beside Poland's Weronika Baszak during their junior girls' singles final match on day thirteen of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 1, 2020. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE
Andorra’s Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, left, poses with the Australian Junior Singles Championship Girls trophy beside Poland’s Weronika Baszak during their junior girls’ singles final match on day thirteen of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 1, 2020. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP)

“It was a very tough tournament, I actually didn’t think that I would win,” said Jimenez Kasintseva, who divides her time between the tiny European state — sandwiched between Spain and France — and Barcelona, where her father has a tennis academy.

“I guess I fought a lot for it. I was about to lose in some matches, and I just kept fighting. I guess that’s how I won.”

 
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