UPSET! Wimbledon Junior Champion Knocked Out of US Open 2021

Published 09/10/2021, 11:35 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 02: A view of the US Open logo as seen from the grounds on Day Five of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)


While the main draw of the US Open 2021 is nearing its culmination, the juniors are still in action. With the rain playing spoilsport, many matches have been getting cancelled or postponed. In both singles and doubles, several seeded players have been waiting to get on court. On Thursday, the boy’s singles witnessed a huge upset at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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Wimbledon junior champion Samir Banerjee out of US Open 2021

In some quality quarterfinal action, Switzerland’s Jerome Kym took on reigning Wimbledon champion Samir Banerjee. After rain delayed the start of the match, both players walked out on court for a place in the semifinal. It was the 2nd seed Banerjee who raced ahead, courtesy some pounding ground strokes. Soon, he took a 6-4 3-1 lead against Kym. However, fans witnessed a massive turnaround very soon.

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With a sudden boost of energy, the No.8 seed roared back into the match. He took the next six games to level the match against the American. In the final set, it was the Swiss youngster who took a 5-2 lead, before 17-year-old Banerjee clawed his way back to parity. Serving to take the match, Kym fired down an ace to claim a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win. With the shock victory, Jerome Kym also ended Banerjee’s sensational winning streak in Grand Slam juniors events.

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Banerjee’s impeccable junior season

Coming from an Indian origin family, the 17-year-old was born in the USA. At the Slams this year, Samir started off slow, before making a breakthrough at Wimbledon. In the very first round, he conquered 12th seed Kasnikowski to book a spot in the Round of 32. As the tournament progressed, the American got more and more comfortable on the grass courts, making his way to the summit clash.

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In the final, Samir Banerjee faced off against fellow countryman Victor Lilov. His opponent was no match for him, and Banerjee won a historic junior Grand Slam with a straight sets victory. Since then, he has seen a huge rise in rankings, and was the second seed at the US Open. However, the Swiss opponent ended his dream run.

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Watching young Samir Banerjee in action is undoubtedly a treat to the eye. Rest assured, the Indian-American has a bright future ahead of him. Do you think Banerjee can convert his juniors glory into success on the senior circuit? Comment below.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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