Dalma Gálfi did something that no one has ever done before. She won the lady’s single title at the age of 17 and became the world N° 1 in the junior category. Earlier this year she won the junior doubles title with her partner Fanny Stollár, who reached the semi-finals in Flushing Meadows.
After an exhausting but successful semi-final, the American Sofia Kenin was waiting for Dalma in the final, who a day earlier defeated Fanny Stollár. Dalma played confidently in the final, still nearly lost the first set but she came back and won by 7:5. Then, she continued even better and more concentrated and won the second set by 6:4, which meant that she is the new champion. This is the dream of every tennis player and her dream came true, she just has to believe it.
How did she get here? The key is not a secret: it is hard work. Tennis is a very popular sport with many rivals, where only real characters get to triumph. Professionals say that the most determinative period is between the ages of 16 and 20 when it comes to women’s singles. This is the time when it can be seen whether or not a player has a place and will be successful in the world of the seniors.
Luckily, Dalma has a great team and a supporting family. She also has Andrea Temesvári (Roland Garros champion in doubles, 1986) in her team who helps her with great advices. She is someone who knows what it means to compete as a woman mentally and physically as well.
“It felt mind-blowing to win with my whole family watching me. I am utterly happy; I did great during the weekend. My serves and backhands were great and my forehand is improving. It is so amazing that I can represent my country with a result like this. I will never forget these days!’ said Dalma to Nemzeti Sport after her win.
These are very encouraging signs which show that there is a very talented new generation in Hungarian tennis. The question is whether or not their career will be able to flourish among the seniors as well.
We wish to see Dalma hold up more and more trophies!
Written by Alexandra Béni
Source: Daily News Hungary