Mimi Xu’s Wimbledon run has captured the imagination to such an extent that Judy Murray wanted to get a slice of the action. 

At just 14, Bridgend-born Xu, who trains at the LTA’s National Academy in Loughborough, had reached the third round of the Girl’s Singles, with her run coming to an end on Court 18 against Isabella Kruger 6-4 6-4. 

And Murray, mother of Andy and Jamie and former Great Britain Billie Jean King Cup captain, showed her support for Xu before her match, saying: “Looking forward to watching 14-year-old Mini Xu from Wales in the junior event at Wimbledon today.” 

Xu will still be eligible to play juniors at SW19 in 2026 and was very much in the match against her South African opponent, three years her senior and the daughter of Rugby World Cup winner Ruben Kruger. 

The Bridgend-born teenager is keen to take everything she possibly can from this experience as she looks to build on her game. 

She said: “There is so much to learn and it’s been such a great opportunity which I’m so thankful for. Seeing all the pros in Aorangi is inspirational. It’s so amazing. 

“I’m able to compete but in the tighter moments, she was better than me. I’d love to come back and play again in juniors.” 

Xu is part of a promising generation of young female players, with compatriot Jasmine Conway in the quarter-finals and 13-year-old Hannah Klugman another to make her debut here. 

And that strength in the junior ranks is pushing them all on according to Xu. 

She added: “It’s amazing for juniors, we just keep pushing each other. Being able to see all of these British people coming through motivates us more. 

“I train with a few of the people here and in training we just push each other to be better.” 

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