New Delhi: It was a moment of exuberance for the 11-year-old tennis enthusiast from United Kingdom after she flipped the coin before the ladies' singles final at this year's Wimbledon.
Uma Baker-Bahl, a young carer with the charity Barnardo's, which supports children and teenagers who look after disabled relatives, will get the match between her idol Serena Williams and Germany's Angelique Kerber under way on Centre Court on Saturday, BT.com reported.
"I screamed my head off when I watched her (Serena) win in 2010 and I remember imagining that I was there with thousands of people watching me and being really excited,” Uma said, emphasizing that she was a fan of her technique and athleticism.
"When I was asked to toss the coin at the ladies' final I was over the moon. Just to go to Wimbledon would be amazing enough, but to know I'll be the one going out there to flip the coin is just incredible," she added.
Uma takes care of her disabled mother and aunt,—both of them having multiple sclerosis—and it is her dedication that earned her this opportunity.
It is also 70 years since Barnardo's began a partnership with the All England Club that saw it provide for 20 years all the ball boys for the Wimbledon Championships.
Written by Mayank Mohanti