Taylor Townsend of the Capitals came up short in today's Wimbledon girls' championship in London.
Townsend, 17, lost to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. It was the third time Bencic, 16, has beaten Townsend this year.
Because she advanced to the championship at Wimbledon, Townsend will miss the Capitals' world TeamTennis opener Sunday against Texas, but she is expected to join the team in time for Monday's match against Philadelphia. Both matches are at Capitals Stadium at Sunrise Mall and begin at 7:30 p.m.
Townsend was the first American to play in the girls' championship since 1997. The last U.S. player to win the girls' title at Wimbledon was Chanda Rubin in 1992.
Today's victory is the second consecutive junior Grand Slam title for Bencic, following the French Open last month. Bencic, the top seed, also defeated Townsend in Paris and at a grass-court Wimbledon tournament at Roehampton, England. Townsend won the 2012 Australian Open girls' title and finished 2012 as the top-ranked junior in the world.
"Everything is difficult when you play her," Bencic told the Associated Press. "It's really tough to play against her every time."
Townsend will play singles for the Capitals and team with Megan Moulton-Levy in doubles. It hasn't been decided who will play in mixed doubles.