Mildura, Australia, 27 February 2012 | Tennis Australia

Fifteen-year-old Ashleigh Barty (Springfield, Qld) has captured her second consecutive Pro Tour title after winning the Mildura Grand International yesterday.

The Wimbledon Junior champion defeated good friend and wildcard Viktorija Rajicic (Melbourne, Vic) 6-1 7-6(8) at the Mildura Lawn Tennis Club.

This is Barty’s second professional title in two weeks, after taking out the Nature’s Way Sydney International last Sunday.

“It’s been a long two weeks, I’ve played a lot of matches but I’m happy with the win,” said Barty after her match.

“I started off pretty well, Viki started slowly but in the second set we both played really good tennis. The tiebreaker was 10-8, it was a little bit up and down but I thought I played well throughout the whole match.

“The whole week has been amazing especially coming back from the win in Sydney last week. It’s always tough to get that first round especially after you win a tournament, but I’m happy to get through it and go home and relax with my family.”

In the men’s final West Australia’s Brydan Klein (Warnbro, WA) went down to Japan’s [4] Hiroki Moriya in three sets 6-4 4-6 6-2.

Klein, the 2008 and 2009 Mildura champion, managed to overcome defending champion [3] James Lemke (Camberwell, Vic) and top seed Erik Chvojka (CAN) on his way to the final.

Moriya also had a week of memorable wins defeating world No.1 junior Luke Saville (Barmera, SA), No.5 seed Jason Kubler (Mango Hill, Qld) and No.2 seed Ze Zhang (CHN) to reach the final round.

Top seeds Mervana Jugic-Salkic (BIH) and Ksenia Lykina (RUS) beat Australian pair [3] Stephanie Bengson (Albion Park, NSW) and Tyra Calderwood (Homebush, NSW) 5-7 7-5 [10-7] to take the women’s doubles title and Gero Kretschmer and Alexander Satschko of Germany won their third doubles title together over top seeds James Lemke and Dane Propoggia (East Lakes, NSW) 6-2 7-5.

The Australian Pro Tour will now have a two week break before moving to Queensland for the City of Ipswich Tennis International and Bundaberg Tennis International in March.

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