India's Sumit Nagal wins Boys doubles Wimbledon title, enters history books

London, July 12: Youngster Sumit Nagal entered the history books as only the 6th Indian to win a Grand Slam junior title after winning the boys doubles trophy at the Wimbledon championships with partner Nam Hoang Ly, here today.

17-year-old Nagal and his eighth seed Vietnamese partner overcame the fourth seeds Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan 7-6(4) 6-4 in the title clash that lasted 63 minutes.

File photo of Sumit Nagal

Yuki Bhambri was the last Indian to taste success at the top level in junior tennis when he won the Australian Open boys singles title in 2009.

Ramanathan Krishnan (Wimbledon, 1954), Ramesh Krishnan (French Open and Wimbledon, 1979) and Leander Paes (Wimbledon 1990, US Open 1991) are the other junior Grand Slam singles champions from India.

Sania Mirza had won the Wimbledon girls doubles title in 2003 with Russian partner Alisa Kleybanova.

There was little to separate the two pairs as the winners won 65 points, only three more than their rivals.

Nagal and his partner broke their opponents in the 10th game of the second set and that proved decisive in the outcome of the match.


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