Teenager Ksenia Pervak continued the strong performance by Russian females at this Australian Open by taking out the girls’ singles title while Yuki Bhambri triumphed in the boys’ singles championship.
Pervak, 17, comfortably beat Melbourne-born British 15-year-old Laura Robson 6-3 6-1 in Saturday’s final.
Robson has been the subject of much hype in England after winning the junior Wimbledon title as a 14-year-old last year, the youngest winner of that event since Swiss great Martina Hingis in 1994.
But she was no match for fellow hard-hitting left-hander Pervak, holding her serve just twice in the match as the Russian raced to victory.
The win by the third seed suggests the heavy quota of Russians at the top of the women’s game is not about to drop.
There were eight Russian seeds in the women’s singles draw at Melbourne Park this fortnight, three of them reaching the semifinals, with Dinara Safina in Saturday night’s final against American Serena Williams.
Indian top seed Yuki Bhambri breezed past Germany’s Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas to claim the Australian Open boys’ singles title on Saturday.
The 16-year-old from New Delhi took just 57 minutes to win 6-3 6-1, breaking Georgoudas’s serve twice in each set, while not being down a break point on his own serve at any stage of the match.
It continued a good record for Bhambri at Melbourne Park.
His previous best junior grand slam performance came at last year’s Australian Open, when he lost in a semifinal to Australia’s Bernard Tomic, who went on to win the event.
In the boys’ doubles final, Francis Casey Alcantara of the Philippines and Taiwan’s Cheng-Peng Hsieh combined to down Russian Mikhal Biryukov and Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-4 6-2.