Australia’s grasscourt champions crowned
Edward Vo, Anastasia Berezov, Stefan Storch and Crystal Mildwaters were crowned the winners at the 12/u and 14/u Australian Grasscourt Championships.
Edward Vo (Croydon Park, SA) is the 2016 12-and-under Australian Grasscourt champion after taking out the boys’ title in Adelaide today.
South Australia’s No.1 12-year-old defeated Haru Sonton (QLD) 6-1 7-6(7) to win the tournament, played in Adelaide for the first time this week.
“In the first set I was playing aggressive and I thought I was comfortable, but in the second set I was 5-1 down. Then things started getting close, he had two set points, but I kept on fighting back and got it to six all and then I won [the second set] 7-6,” said Vo.
In other singles finals action, Stefan Storch (VIC) defeated  William Hann (WA) 6-4 6-4 to win the 14-and-under boys’ championship,  Anastasia Berezov overcame  Talia Gibson (WA) 6-1 6-3 to win the 12-and-under girls’ championship and  Crystal Mildwaters (WA) defeated  Annerly Poulos 6-1 6-3 to win the 14-and-under girls’ championship.
In Wednesday’s doubles finals,  Taj Hibbert and Rowan Mendis (NSW/VIC) defeated Thomas Hann and Jed Plunkett-Smith (TAS) 6-2 6-4 to win the 12-and-under boys’ title, while top seeds Emily Ioannou and Lara Walker (VIC/QLD) overcame  Catherine Aulia and Taylah Lawless (NSW) 6-3 5-7 [10-8] to win the 12-and-under girls’ trophy.
Meanwhile,  Stefan Milenkovic and Stefan Storch (VIC) defeated top seeds William Hann and Nikita Volonski (WA/NSW) 6-3 3-6 10-7 to win the 14-and-under boys’ doubles title and  Krystal Clarke and Natasha Russell (NSW/SA) defeated Kristina Lane and Cyan Sun (QLD) 4-6 6-3 [10-5] to win the 14-and-under girls’ doubles honour.
The finals were a fitting finale to a tournament that has hosted 128 players from around Australia over the past week, giving players the opportunity to play for national titles and Australian ranking points.
“Tennis SA is delighted to have hosted the 12 and 14-and-under Australian Grasscourt Championships,” said Steven Baldas, Tennis SA CEO.
“This event marks the first time South Australia has held a tournament of this kind and we are thrilled to have been a part of it.”
“Tennis Australia is pleased to have been in Adelaide for the Australian Grasscourt Championships over the past week,” added Francis Soyer, Tennis Australia Tournaments Development Manager.
“Our congratulations to all of the players who have been a part of the tournament and our thanks to Next Generation Memorial Drive for their generous hospitality, time and efforts.”