A month and a half before her fourteenth birthday, Mathilde Ngijol Carré offered herself a superb gift on Sunday: the title to Les Petits As. Tarbes hosted for the 39th time this unofficial World Championship for fourteen and under and the tennis club player de Paris lost only two sets during the week to become the first Frenchwoman since Emmanuelle Derly in 1984 to include her name in the prize list of a tournament which saw, among others, Martina Hingis (1991, 1992), Kim Clijsters (1997), Jelena Ostapenko (2011) and Bianca Andreescu (2014).

Victory for the girls, disaster for the guys

In the final on Sunday, Mathilde Ngijol Carré was roughed up early in the match by the Israeli Mika Buchnik before dominating her subject in the last two sets (4-6, 6-2, 6-1). “The mind and the work”, she replied, during the last Roland-Garros juniors, tournament for which she had benefited from a wild-card, when asked to describe her main qualities.

Fan de “Everything that releases Serena Williams, who has a presence, a rage, and who never lets go”, the young girl said she was intimidated by her first participation in a junior Grand Slam (she had initially lost, 6-0, 6-3, against the Russian Oksana Selkhmeteva). The experience seems to have served him well.

Among the boys, where only one of the fifteen French entered had crossed the first round (Raphaël Rousson, left in the next round), it was the Czech Maxim Mrva who won (6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in the final against the Italian Federico Cina).