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Rising Russian player Pavlyuchenkova adds Australian Open juniors title to her record

Rising Russian player Pavlyuchenkova adds Australian Open juniors title to her record

Junior world champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova added another Grand Slam title to her already impressive record Saturday.
The 15-year-old Russian successfully defended her Australian Open junior crown in two tiebreaker sets over an American girl who nearly never made it to the main draw.
No. 1 Pavlyuchenkova, who reached the singles finals at three Grand Slams last year, winning two, beat Madison Brengle of Dover, Delaware, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3).
Pavlyuchenkova won six singles and four doubles titles in 2006 and was a doubles finalist at all four majors.
In windy conditions at Margaret Court Arena, Pavlyuchenkova, who is coached by her brother Alexander, used her experience from other Grand Slam finals to hold off Brengle in the tiebreakers. Brengle had a set point in the opener.
"It was a tough match, and Madison played really well," she said.
Pavlyuchenkova has five more junior tournaments scheduled before her 16th birthday and indicated she'll play some bigger tournaments after that. Under the WTA Tour's age eligibility rule, a 16-year-old can play up to 13 professional events a season.
"I'll try to play more WTA and pro tournaments," she said. "I have a limited number of tournaments. I can't just play them. I'll continue be play juniors."
Brengle, who lost in the under-18 semifinals at the Orange Bowl event in Miami in December, only got into the Australian Open in a wild-card playoff.
"Three people dropped out and I got in," said Brengle. "It was a really, really good tournament. I like playing on these courts. Just seeing how the pros practice. I think it'll be able to help my game in the future."
In the boys' singles final, 17-year-old Australian Brydan Klein beat No. 2 Jonathan Eysseric of France 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. Klein was presented with his winning trophy by two-time U.S. Open winner Pat Rafter.
"I got off to a flying start," said Klein. "It was good I could get through."
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SUGAR AND MILK? _ Maria Sharapova thought she was asked a rather obvious question in her post-match media conference, so she gave a rather ridiculous answer.
When asked what was on a piece of paper that she pulled from her bag while trailing 4-1 in the second set of her 6-1, 6-2 loss to Serena Williams, she said it was "just a reminder."
When pressed, she said: "Of what I'm going to buy in the grocery store. I mean, I'm playing a tennis match. It's pretty easy to understand that they're notes about the match."
Sharapova was disappointed she couldn't have given her mother, Yelena, a birthday present by beating Williams.
"Unfortunately, it was my mom's birthday today and I couldn't win for her," said Sharapova, who called her mother right after the match. "But she still made me happy, made me realize this is just another loss."
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SISTERS ON TOP: Serena Williams would rather beat her sister, Venus, in a Grand Slam final than anybody else, but not because of sibling rivalry.
"If Venus was in the tournament I would prefer to have beaten her because it means that we both would've gone the farthest," Williams said after winning her eighth Grand Slam title on Saturday, defeating Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 at the Australian Open.
"I would have been OK with it, kind of, if I had lost, and she would have been OK with it if she had lost," said Williams.
The sisters have 13 Grand Slams between them, and have played against each other seven times in Grand Slam finals.
Both sisters have been troubled by injuries recently, and Venus is still out of competition.
Serena Williams also said she was looking forward to going to India and commented on the men's semifinals.
Williams has entered a low-tier WTA event in Bangalore, India, beginning Feb. 12, then is scheduled to play in Dubai the following week.
"I'm so excited, I've never been to India," said Williams. "I heard a lot about it. I really look forward to going there."
Williams said she enjoyed watching the one-sided men's semifinals _ Roger Federer over Andy Roddick and Fernando Gonzalez over Tommy Haas _ and used a North American simile about L-shaped hockey sticks to describe them.
"I saw the No. 1 player beat the 'H-E double hockey sticks' out of another player," said Williams. "I saw Fernando Gonzalez beat the 'H-E double hockey sticks' out of another player. Those were great matches."


Updated : 2021-05-16 15:14 GMT+08:00