Australia’s top 12/u and 14/u Claycourt Champions crowned
Junior players Anastasia Berezov, Cooper White, Jessie Culley and Zachary Viiala have all claimed singles titles at the Australian Claycourt Championships in their respective age categories.
The past week has seen Australia’s most promising 12/u and 14/u juniors battling it out in Canberra for the 2017 Australian Claycourt Championships.
The singles finals for the 12/u and 14/u boys and girls were played today at Canberra Tennis Centre, whilst the doubles champions we’re decided yesterday.
“Tennis ACT is honoured to have hosted the 12 and 14-and-under Claycourt Championships,” said Tennis ACT CEO Kim Kachel.
“Canberra Tennis Centre is home to some of the nation’s best clay court facilities so it is only fitting the tournament was held here.
“The tournament was a huge success, we saw a lot of high quality matches played and some real potential for these players to develop into future stars of the sport.
“The championships cap off a busy couple of weeks for Tennis ACT which has also seen us host the Canberra Junior International and the first ever Canberra Wheelchair Tennis Open. Later this month the Australian Pro Tour will make its way here with the Apis Canberra International, a Men’s ATP Challenger tournament and Women’s ITF Tour.”
Proving to be a force to be reckoned with, for the second consecutive year, thirteen-year-old Anastasia Berezov (Terrey Hills, NSW) has claimed both the singles and doubles 14/u Claycourt Championships titles, backing up her wins from last year.
“It feels really great to win again, I worked really hard throughout the tournament so it was great to come out on top,” Berezov said after taking out the title.
“I played a pretty consistent game, I really tried to keep my head in the game and maintain my focus.
“My goals for 2018 are to try and improve my ITF junior ranking to the top 200, and improve my Australian junior ranking to the top 100.
In the boy’s draw, Cooper White (Alphington, Vic) was crowned the 14-and-under Australian Claycourt Champion, after taking out the boys’ title against WA’s Derek Pham.
Cooper has continued an impressive year where he earlier represented Australia at the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals in Czech Republic.
“It feels great to win a national title, I was a finalist at the Grasscourt Championships earlier in the year at Berri so it’s good to get the win today.
“I played the Canberra Junior International last week on these courts, so I felt that really helped me get familiar with the surface which gave me a bit of an advantage.
Girls 14-and-under final
 Anastasia Berezov (Terrey Hills, NSW) def.  Taylah Lawless (Wilberforce, NSW) 6-0 6-2
Boys 14-and-under final
 Cooper White (Alphington, Vic) def.  Derek Pham (Gosnells, WA) 6-4 6-4
Girls 12-and-under final
 Jessie Culley (Cottesloe, WA) def.  Zahra Arthur (Mount Martha, Vic) 6-2 6-3
Boys 12-and-under final
 Zachary Viiala (Claremont, WA) def. Andre Filep (Mount Colah, NSW) 6-3 7-6(5)
Girls 14-and-under finals
Anastasia Berezov (Terrey Hills, NSW) / Lara Walker (Redland Bay, Qld) def. Mia Repac (Corrimal, NSW) / Hana Sonton (Pacific Pines, Qld)
Boys 14-and-under finals
Haru Sonton (Pacific Pines, Qld) / Cooper White (Alphington, Vic) def. Casey Hoole (Kedron, Qld) / Edward Vo (Croydon Park, SA)
Girls 12-and-under finals
Roisin Toireasa Gilheany (Port Melbourne, Vic) / Darina Kamenoff (Arundel, Qld) def. Jessie Culley (Cottesloe, WA) / Sydney Stone (Mitchelton, Qld)
7-6(5) 6-7(5) [10-5]
Boys 12-and-under finals
Stami Arthur (Mt Martha, Vic) / Brian Capalnean (Maribyrnong, Vic) def. Alexander Despoja (Adelaide, SA) / Zachary Viiala (Claremont WA)
4-6 6-4 [10-8]