Local tennis ace Mimi Xu is taking Wimbledon by storm after winning the Junior Championships and being given a wildcard entry.

“I loved the court and loved the crowd,” she said following Tuesday’s win in straight sets. “It was absolutely amazing.”

Mimi entered the match as the underdog, playng the 15th seed in a girls’ singles match on Court 12.

“It left like I settled into the match quite quickly and I reckon I was able to play my game and work my way through the match well,” she said.

“I kept calm in the key moments and I was able to keep being aggressive and just close the match out.”


The Swansea ace beat Carolina Kuhl of Germany 7-6, 6-3 in the first round, and continued to showcase her talent by beating Lucia Peyre of Argentina - two years her senior - by 6-2,6-0 in the second.

This was undoubtedly the biggest court that Mimi has ever played on.

The 14-year-old recently made the headlines when she played in qualification for the senior Wimbledon tournament.

Mimi, who is GB National Junior Champion, trains at the LTA National Academy in Loughborough.

She is currently the top ranked under-18 girl in Wales, and is in the top 150 World junior rankings. This the second time she has played in junior Wimbledon.

Meanwhile Mimi is grateful to be back playing at SW19 for the second year in a row, having received a wildcard following triumphs in the LTA’s Junior National U-16 and U-18 events.

“I was really happy with my performance [against Kuhl] and I was really happy with how I played and how I was able to back it up.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity and I’d like to thank the LTA and Wimbledon for giving me this wildcard.”