Indian youngster Yuki Bhambri turned in a dominating performance to beat Germany’s Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas 6-3 6-1 and take home the junior boys’ singles championship at Australian Open 2009.
It took only 57 minutes for 16-year-old Bhambri to make his official mark in the tennis world, overpowering his opponent with his trademark forehand and volley tactics.
He joins a long list of former Australian Open junior champions including Andy Roddick, Marcos Baghdatis and Gael Monfils.
Ksenia Pervak has scooped the Australian Open girls’ singles title for the first time in her career with a no-nonsense 6-3 6-1 win over Laura Robson on Saturday.
The Russian No.3 seed spent much of last season successfully playing satellite ITF tour events, and now holds a women’s world ranking of 154. The experience certainly stood her in good stead for today’s encounter with the young Brit.
Pervak dominated the game from the outset, driving balls deeps into the angles of the court while showing no sign of the leg problems that troubled her earlier in the week.
In contrast, Robson – who attracted column inches galore after winning the 2008 Wimbledon girls’ singles title – appeared flat. While rallies were plentiful, the No.5 seed rarely appeared in control of them.