Melbourne, 30 May 2011 | tennis.com.au
Australian rising star Ashleigh Barty has enjoyed the perfect preparation for her maiden French Open Junior Championships by claiming the girls’ singles title at the 47th Astrid Bowl Charleroi, Belgian International Junior Championships.
The 15 year old defeated two seeded players and conceded only one set en route to the final before upsetting No.13 seed Victoria Duval (USA) in straight sets, 6-2 6-2.
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Barty also paired with Sabina Sharipova (UZB) to claim the girls’ doubles title.
Currently ranked No.54 in ITF Junior rankings, Barty is set to face No.12 seed Ganna Poznikhirenko (UKR) in her first-round match at the French Open Junior Championships today.
Barty is the second Australian junior in as many years to enjoy success in Belgium, with fellow Queenslander Jason Kubler claiming the boys’ singles title at the 46th Astrid Bowl Charleroi in 2010.
Meanwhile, Sara Tomic’s good form in Europe has continued with the Queensland 13 year old a finalist in the Citta Di Pescara girls 14/u event in Pescara, Italy.
The Queenslander ousted the fourth and eighth seeds on her way to the final where she was defeated by top seed Mathilde Armitano, 6-3 6-0.
This final for Tomic follows on from semifinal and quarterfinal showings in the past two weeks in Slovenia.