Laura Robson reached the final of the Australian Open girls’ singles with a straight-sets win over Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Friday.
The Briton, who turned 16 last week, cruised to a 6-3 6-1 triumph in 65 minutes and will now look to go one better than last year when she finished runner-up.
Robson converted five of her 13 break opportunities, dropping her own serve just once.
The 16-year-old will meet Pliskova’s identical twin sister, Karolina, in Saturday’s final.
Robson lost last year’s final to Ksenia Pervak when she admitted to being hampered by nerves but she hopes that will not be a problem when she returns to Rod Laver Arena.
Sean Berman, who grew up in New Zealand and has been in Australia for only the past six months, powered into the Australian Open boys’ singles final with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 win over Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics at Melbourne Park on Friday.
Berman showed plenty of Hewitt-like qualities, fighting back from 5-3 down in the opening set and 5-1 down in the first set tie-break to lift off the canvas.
“I was a little nervous to begin with and I was 5-3 down, but I was able to stay calm and I just kept going and managed to take it,” Berman said.
“Today I handled it pretty well and I was pretty pleased with the way I handled adversity.”
He will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of West Australian Brydan Klein (2007) and rising star Bernard Tomic (2008) as recent hometown Australian Open boys’ champions.
Berman will play 14th seed Tiago Fernandes in the final after the Brazilian upset No.2 seed Gianni Mina of France 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.