If you live in Thailand, not a hard core tennis fan, you might not have known that Federer has won the Men Single for the sixth time or that Roddick took him to the fifth set and only lost two points in the final game. But you’d have heard of another Wimbledon winner. Nok, Noppawan Lertcheewakarn who won at Wimbledon. Yes, Thailand has a Wimbledon winner. OK, at junior level.
She has been hailed our great new hope. Another chance for us to have a sporting heroine and as one TNN newsreader quickly noted, a Tamarine replacement.
At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, Lertcheewakarn won her first junior grand slam singles title by defeating Junior World Junior No.1 Kristina Mladenovicin the final, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. Lertcheewakarn and Sally Peerslater faced Mladenovic and Silvia Nirjic in the Doubles contest the following day and won comprehensively, 6-1, 6-1 in the final.