Ukrainian Daria Snihur on Winning Junior Wimbledon
Ukrainian tennis player Daria Snihur, 17, has won the Junior Wimbledon tennis tournament in Great Britain. In the final, she defeated her American opponent in straight sets
“I wanted to have a son, a footballer. I also played football, but I didn’t become a professional. When my daughter was born, I decided she would do a solo sport. I wanted her to solve her problems on her own and to have goals. Tennis gives people a lot toward their individual development,” Snihur said.
At the age of 10, Daria Snihur won the Ukrainian Masters Tournament. Then, she got through to the final of the unofficial World Championship for those under 12. She realized that she wanted to become a professional tennis player. Before winning the Junior Wimbledon Championship, she reached the junior’s final of the 2019 Australian Open.
“It created a lot of buzz — I didn’t expect it to happen! Therefore, I was SO amazed! It is very cool! It is better than winning $15,000 dollars. I have already won some professional tournaments. It’s very cool. Of course, I wanted to make it to the final. But nevertheless, I’m still SO amazed!” Snihur said.
In order to achive what they want, young athletes work hard and sacrifice their leisure time. Though many find it a disabling burden, Snihur said for her it’s not a problem.
“It’s not a problem for me, because I am not that talkative. I don’t like all that very much. That is why I am so focused on sports. I have to work hard,” she said.
This year, Snihur graduated from high school. Now, she dreams of becoming a lawyer, but she’s not sure she’ll be able to combine her studies with sports.
“I like legal studies. That is why I want to become a lawyer, or a prosecutor. I like these occupations, but I am not sure I can pull it off,” she said.
After a resounding victory at Wimbledon, Daria Snihur plans to finish her junior career and start a new stage in professional tennis.