Melbourne VIC, Australia, 16 December 2014 | Emily Collin

It was a hot Melbourne summer day that marked the beginning of the 12/u Australian Championships, with top seed Alex Bulte advancing to the second round with a comfortable victory on Tuesday.

He beat Michael Gealogo 6-2 6-1 but was tested early, with the players trading heavy groundstrokes and displaying impressive athleticism.

However it was the top-seeded Victorian who was able to gain the momentum, and ultimately secure the win.

> view the boys’ 12/u Australian Championships draw

In the girls’ draw, young talents Krystal Clarke and Monique Barry both put in strong performances to advance to the second round.

Fourth seed Clarke faced off against Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz in a match that remained competitive throughout, but saw Clarke’s heavy ground strokes help deliver her a 6-4 6-4 win.

No.2 seed Barry was in fine form during her 6-2 6-1 victory over New South Wales’ Teodora Jovic.

> view the girls’ 12/u Australian Championships draw

Meanwhile, third seed Annerly Poulos and eighth seed Hana Kim also eased through their first round matches, both recording straight set wins

Joining them in the last 32 are the fifth and sixth seeds from China, Ming Qiao Yang and Mei Yi Zou Zhu respectively, who were both victorious at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

Top seed Olivia Gadecki advanced thanks to a walkover.

> view more 12/u Australian Championships match results