Vo clinches 14/u Australian title
South Australia's Edward Vo capped off a brilliant week with a dominant display in the final of the boys' 14/u Australian Championships at Melbourne Park.
Edward Vo is the national 14/u boys’ champion after beating Chen Dong indoors on a rainy Thursday at Melbourne Park.
Vo, seeded 15th, dropped just one set during his six match wins en route to the biggest title of his young career.
“I feel great,” Vo said after clinching a 6-2 6-2 win over No.7 seed Dong.
“I was expecting myself to maybe reach at least round three (in this event) but then the way I was performing today and throughout this whole tournament, I was playing well. And then that gave me the self-confidence to keep on winning.”
Vo scored two breaks en route to capturing the first set, and maintained his focus in the second as Dong was treated courtside for a leg injury.
“It gave me time to think about the match and rest,” Vo said of the time-out.
When play resumed, Vo belted a backhand winner up the line to stretch his lead to 5-2, and did the same in the final game, sealing victory with a searing open-stance backhand return winner.
“My groundstrokes were excellent,” Vo said when asked what had clicked for him this week at the December Showdown.
“I was serving really well throughout this whole tournament. It helped me on tough points and in tight matches.
“(A weakness was) my focus, sometimes I would be 4-1 up and then they’d come back to 4-3 or 4-4, then I’d have to focus again.”
Not that his focus was a problem in the final.
Vo, who claimed the 12/u national grasscourt title in April this year, said that title had given him a confidence boost ahead of this week’s tournament.
He’ll next play the 14/u teams event as part of the South Australian squad.
For more information visit the December Showdown tournament page.