Teenager Fourlis reaches maiden final
Victorian 16-year-old Jaimee Fourlis has defeated Russian Anastasia Pivovarova in Perth to reach her first Pro Tour final.
Victorian teenager Jaimee Fourlis has reached her first professional ITF final with a solid 6-4 6-4 victory over fellow qualifier Anastasia Pivovarova at the $25,000 Perth Tennis International #1 on Saturday.
“I’m really happy with how I’ve been playing,” Fourlis said prior to the match. “It’s been really hot here this week but I don’t mind that at all.”
“I will probably be a bit nervous when I first get on court. But after that, I should be fine.”
As it was, despite an ever-so-slight stutter closing out the semifinal, the 16-year-old displayed a maturity beyond her years to oust the Russian former top 100 player in just 80 minutes.
Pivovarova, 25, defeated local favourite Maddison Inglis in a three-set quarterfinal on Friday.
Together with Inglis, Fourlis reached the semifinals of the junior girls’ doubles at the Australian Open in January and she was quick to praise her partner’s recent efforts. Inglis made her Grand Slam debut at Melbourne Park this year alongside Priscilla Hon and Kimberly Birrell.
“They’ve all been playing so well,” Fourlis said of the teenage trio. “I’m a year younger, so to see what they’ve done is really inspiring.”
After coming through qualifying in Perth this week, Fourlis has already enjoyed main draw wins over Japan’s Kyoka Okamura, sixth seed Nigina Abduraimova of Uzbekistan and promising French 17-year-old Tessah Andrianjafitrimo.
She now faces Korean Jang Su Jeong in the final on Sunday, after the No.5 seed came from a set down to edge past American qualifier Jennifer Elie 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4.
Elie previously defeated West Australian wildcard Storm Sanders in a thrilling quarterfinal, 2-6 7-6(8) 7-5.
Meanwhile, Ash Barty’s return to the game has gained some momentum, as she and partner Jessica Moore continued their run in Perth, outlasting Victoria’s Tammi Patterson and Katarzyna Piter of Poland 7-6(6) 3-6 [10-2] to reach the doubles final.
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