Hives, Anderson win 16s claycourt titles
UPDATE: Zoe Hives and Oliver Anderson have won the 16s National Claycourt Championships, while the 12s event saw Gabriella Da Silva-Fick and Matt Dellavedova victorious.
Zoe Hives and Oliver Anderson have claimed the singles titles on Sunday at the 16-and-under National Claycourt Championships event at Melbourne Park.
In the first major event at the new clay courts at Melbourne Park’s National Tennis Centre, Hives put in a dominant performance, needing just 79 minutes to record a 6-2 6-1 victory over Anja Dokic.
In a successful week for Hives, she also secured the girls’ doubles title, partnering Katerina Valos to beat third seeds Jaimee Gilbertson and Natalie Rogers 6-1 6-2.
Anderson, meanwhile, was pushed to the limit in the boys’ singles final, unsuccessfully serving twice for the match in the second set before finally wrapping up victory in the third over Max Purcell.
After two hours 15 minutes on court, Anderson completed a 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 win.
Having missed the deadline for entry into the main draw, Anderson was forced to come through qualifying, impressively winning seven matches in total to eventually hoist the trophy.
In the boys’ doubles event, Jake Delaney and Alan Poric secured the title with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Omar Fields and Long Nguyen.
Da Silva-Fick, Dellavedova claim 12s clay titles
Up north at the Gorge Alder Tennis Centre in Ipswich, Queensland, Gabriella Da Silva-Fick and Matthew Dellavedova triumphed at the 12-and-under National Claycourt Championships.
In a rain-affected tournament that saw the semifinal and final rounds both contested on Sunday, Dellavedova, the No.16 seed, survived a tough opening set against second seed Connor Di Marco before racing to a 7-6(2) 6-1 victory.
He had earlier overcome fourth seed Tristan Schoolkate in the semifinals, 6-3 7-5.
After a struggle in her semifinal in which she recovered from a set down to beat No.4 seed Valentina Ivanov, Da Silva-Fick breezed to victory in the final, the seventh seed recording a 6-3 6-0 win over Jessica Zaviacic, the third seed from Victoria.
Da-Silva Fick and Zaviacic then combined to capture the girls’ doubles titles by defeating top seeds Ivanov and Amber Marshall.
In the boys’ doubles, Oliver Douglas and Dane Sweeny beat No.1 seeds Di Marco and Stefan Norodom.