NEW YORK, NY, USA - On Sunday, Marie Bouzkova capped a memorable summer for Czech tennis by lifting the US Open girls' singles title.
Going into the tournament, Bouzkova was not among those tipped for glory, but she defied the odds - and four seeds - to triumph.
"Oh, it's amazing. Just I didn't expect it at all. Just to be out there today and play my game and win, it's incredible," Bouzkova said.
As is tradition in New York, the junior title match was the hors d'oeuvre ahead of the women's final and Bouzkova served up quite the treat, playing some sumptuous tennis to pip No.9 seed Anhilina Kalinina, 6-4, 7-6(5).
Her only moment of concern came at the very end, in the form of some finishing line jitters. "I was extremely nervous on those match points," Bouzkova said. "To serve for a championship point in US Open in finals, I was shaky. But then I needed to recover.
"I knew that I was playing well and I wasn't making many mistakes and I was playing my game. I just needed to focus and keep my game."
All three excelled at Wimbledon, with Zahlova Strycova and Safarova going deep into the second week and Kvitova walking away with the title for a second time. "We're a small country but we have so many good players," Bouzkova said. "It just really gives me motivation also that I can be good."
The 16-year-old is hoping to celebrate with a trip to Fifth Avenue, although before that she has some social media housekeeping to take care of.
"I haven't thought of it yet, but I think we will go to the Fifth Avenue. Maybe go shopping. First I have to check my phone. I had like 50 messages now I saw. I need to answer all of them."