Wimbledon: Pinki Sonkar smiles, High Commissioner's words turn true

As the 11-year-old girl lit up the Centre Court with her smile at the coin-tossing event, Lady Luck smiled on Andy Murray and more so on Britain, which ended its 77-year men's singles title drought.

Updated: July 09, 2013 16:35 IST
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New Delhi: When British High Commissioner Sir James Bevan in a send-off to Pinki Sonkar had remarked that the Indian girl would prove lucky for Britain at the Wimbledon, he would not have thought that his words would really turn true.

And, as the 11-year-old girl lit up the Centre Court with her smile at the coin-tossing event, Lady Luck smiled on Andy Murray and more so on Britain, which ended its 77-year men's singles title drought.

World No 2 Murray defeated World No 1 Novak Djokovic in a straight three sets as the wait of over seven decades came to end on the seventh day of the seventh month.

"Pinki's smile will light up London. And, I think that she will also bring luck for Britain this time at the Wimbledon. Over the last many decades, no British has won the men's title, but Pinki will definitely prove lucky for us," Bevan had said on July 2, here.

Britain saw its last victory in 1936 when Englishman Fred Perry had sealed his third consecutive victory at the All England Club.

It was also a moment of redemption for the 26-year-old Scotsman who had lost the last year's final to Roger Federer.

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