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Young British star has ‘amazing feeling’ after following in the footsteps of Coco Gauff

Hannah Klugman has become the first British player to win the prestigious Orange Bowl title, joining the likes of Chris Evert, Coco Gauff and Caroline Wozniacki.

Klugman, who is only 14-years-old, has had another breakout season after reaching the quarter-finals of the junior US Open and becoming runner-up in the girls doubles at Wimbledon alongside Isabelle Lacy.

More recently, the junior No.9 became the youngest player to qualify for an ITF W100 event in Shrewsbury, breaking a record previously held by Gauff, and went onto reach the quarter-final.

And now Klugman has joined an illustrious list of players to win the Orange Bowl title, which is a 76-year-old ITF Junior Grade A tournament, that features the best players aged 18 and under in Florida, USA.

Having knocked out top and fourth seeds Laura Samsonova and Iva Jovic, respectively, Klugman found herself in the final against American Tyra Caterina Grant.

Klugman beat the home favourite, 6-3 6-3, to join a list of incredible names and spoke about how it felt after the match, specifically mentioning the aforementioned Gauff.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” said the Brit. “I played 14’s last year and made the final. I was really gutted I didn’t get the win, and obviously, to get the win at under-18’s, it’s incredible.

“This is still just part of the journey – a little step – but it’s nice. I was walking past the poster with all the great players [who have won]. I saw Coco Gauff. It’s good that I can be on that board. It doesn’t mean anything in the big picture, but hopefully I can make it.”

Inside the baseline…

Anyone who has been following the British tennis scene over the past couple of years will have heard about Hannah Klugman, who has been a vast rising talent at such a young age. Having lost the final of the under-14 tournament last year, it shows huge strength to come to the higher age group the following year and go all the way.

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The Past 10 Girls Orange Bowl winners

With Klugman the latest name on the list, we at Tennishead wanted to lookback on the past 10 years of the tournament, that features three senior Grand Slam singles champions:

Year Girls 18-and-under winner
2014 Sofia Kenin (USA)
2015 Bianca Andreescu (Canada)
2016 Kaja Juvan (Slovenia)
2017 Whitney Osuigwe (USA)
2018 Coco Gauff (USA)
2019 Robin Montgomery (USA)
2020 Ashlyn Krueger (USA)
2021 Petra Marcinko (Croatia)
2022 Mayu Crossley (Japan)
2023 Hannah Klugman (Great Britain)

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.