Maria Emilia Salerni’s fairy tale was written 20 years ago at Wimbledon, the Cathedral of Tennis. At only 17 years old and dressed in her best clothes, from Rafaela she conquered the most traditional tournament of all.
The “Pitu” hit a couple of jumps and went looking for her sister, Mariana, and her coach, Sergio Ledesma.
She came to the definition as the fourth favorite and beat the Ukrainian Tatiana Perebiynis (second seed) 6-4 and 7-5 in the junior final and became the first champion of Argentina in singles no less in the All England. The plus of number one came under the arm.
It took an hour and 15 minutes to leave behind the ghosts of the lost final, a month earlier, in Roland Garros against the French Virginie Razzano after having had two match-points. Luckily for her there was one more chapter in that book.