September 9, 2012
Peliwo U.S. Open junior champion
By QMI Agency
Talk about going out with a bang.
Canadian Filip Peliwo wrapped up his junior tennis career Sunday with his second Grand Slam singles title of the year. The 18-year-old from Vancouver posted a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 win over Liam Broady of Great Britain at Flushing Meadows to add the U.S. Open crown to the Wimbledon championship he won earlier this summer.
“Well, honestly, I have to say I’m a lot more relieved now than I was at Wimbledon,” Peliwo admitted. “At Wimbledon it was just excitement, and right now I just got a huge weight off my shoulders, I think. I’m very happy, as well. I’m just happy I finished the year the way I have right now.
“It’s tough to expect this kind of year. Honestly, I just went in hoping to get maybe a great result at one tournament, semifinal or a final, and I would think that a win would be great. I didn’t expect anything like this going into this year. I mean, honestly I’m as surprised as anyone else of my results.”
Peliwo became the first player since Mark Kratzmann of Australia in 1984 to reach all four junior Grand Slam finals in the same year. He’s also the first since Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in 2008 to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year.
Even though Peliwo will again be No. 1 in the world when the new rankings are released Monday, his junior days are now behind him. After beating Broady for the first time in three attempts, Peliwo confirmed that he would be moving on to the pro game after acting as a hitting partner for the Canadian Davis Cup team this week in Montreal.
“It’s definitely a huge challenge,” he said. “I have seen a lot of juniors before that have had success at this level and never really translated into the pro circuit. So it’s definitely looking good for me, I think, right now, but there is no guarantees. It’s going to be an interesting few years, seeing how I develop. But I think that I’m quite confident that I can achieve big success on the pro tour if I just stay healthy and keep working hard.”