MELBOURNE, Australia – Top-seeded Renata Jamrichova claimed the Australian Open junior girls´ singles title with a 6-4 6-1 win over 15-year-old Emerson Jones on Saturday.
Jamrichova made six aces and saved five of six break points to clinch her first Grand Slam singles´ title in just over an hour on Rod Laver Arena.
“I´m just so happy right now,” Jamrichova said according to AP.
“I played my best this week. At first I started really nervous because of the crowd and of the Rod Laver (Arena), but then I just told myself, just be happy on the court and enjoy every point, just be happy that you can (be) here and play this amazing match.”
The 16-year-old Slovakian won the juniors doubles title at Melbourne Park last year and made the semifinals of the juniors’ tournaments at Wimbledon and the US Open in a stellar season.
In the boys´ final, fourth-seeded Rei Sakamoto of Japan rallied from a set down to beat Jan Kumstat 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5.
The 17-year-old Sakamoto had to withstand 25 aces from his big-serving Czech opponent, ranked No.42, but still found a way to wrest back momentum after losing the first set to win the title in two hours, 11 minutes.