Melbourne Park, 25 January 2012 | David Packman

Luke Saville is the last Aussie junior standing at Australian Open 2012 after a comprehensive straight-sets victory over Egyptian sixteenth seed, Karim Hossam.

The top seed and tournament favourite put on a mighty display to win 6-2 6-2 in just fifty minutes, and now moves into the quarterfinals.

However, his compatriot and sixth seed, Melburnian Andrew Harris, didn’t fare quite so well, bowing out to little-known qualifier, Mackenzie McDonald, 6-2 6-3.

The American is flying under the radar this week, and Harris himself admitted yesterday he didn’t know all that much about him. But despite this relative setback, there’s been plenty to like about Harris this week and he looks on track for a good year.

Meanwhile, West Australian wildcard Storm Sanders had been on a great run this week, racking up two solid wins on her way to the third round in the girls’ championships. Today, she faced top seed and world No.1 junior, Irina Khromacheva, in a feature match on show court 2 at Melbourne Park.

She shot out of the blocks, taking a 3-0 lead over a slightly nervous-looking Khromacheva. But the Russian’s powerful left-handed game came to the fore, as she took control of the match from that point, running it out in style, 6-4 6-1.

“I dropped my game a little bit [at 3-0] and let her back into it,” Sanders said after the match. “Then she just kinda switched on.”

However, Sanders was pleased to get the opportunity to play against the world’s best and said it was great to experience that level of competition. “I actually don’t think there was that much in it,” she said. “She’s just played a lot more matches than me.”

“But all credit to her, she played a really good match.”

In boys’ doubles action today, the South Australian pair of Saville and Jack Schipanski lost in straight sets 6-4 6-4 while the fourth seeds, Harris and ACT’s Nick Kyrgios, took out seventh seeds Canadian Filip Peliwo and Serb Pedja Krstin to move into the semifinals on Thursday.

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