Sonton, Sanada win 12/u Australian titles
Queenslander Hana Sonton has stormed to the 12/u Australian Championships girls' title while the boys' event was won by Japan's Shogo Sanada.
Queensland youngster Hana Sonton has completed an impressive week at Melbourne Park with victory in the 12/u Australian Championships final on Sunday.
Sonton, the No.2 seed, defeated New Caledonia’s Clara Cwajgenbaum 6-2 6-1.
She didn’t drop a set all week; her toughest test came in the semifinals against No.14 seed Sydney Stone, a match she won 6-3 7-6(3).
“I felt very excited and nervous at the same time but I guess it was the final,” Sonton said.
“It’s not my first national title. I won the grasscourt nationals this year.
“I tried to do all sorts of things, I tried to finish the point off early by going in and doing drive volleys and volleys; that way you can take time off her. I thought it was better to play aggressively.”
Not content to rest on her laurels, the ambitious Sonton already has her eye on the future.
“Next year I think I will be playing 14s. I guess it will be harder and more challenging but I think my goal will be to make the quarter finals in the 14s,” she said.
In the boys’ final, Japan’s Shogo Sanada overcame West Australian Zachary Viiala.
It was a battle between the top two seeds, with No.1 seed Sanada recovering from a set down to complete a 3-6 6-2 6-3 triumph.
Like Sonton, Sanada did not drop a set en route to the final, but found the title match a tough test.