December Showdown: winning day for 14/u top seeds
The top four seeds in both the boys' and girls' 14/u Australian Championships on Sunday progressed to the last 16 without dropping a set.
On Sunday at Melbourne Park, the top seeds continued their impressive run through the draw in the 14/u Australian Championships.
In the boys’ singles event, No.2 seed Amor Jasika was the most decisive winner, progressing past wildcard Alexander Mirkov 6-1 6-1 to reach the last 16.
Third seed Jett Leong was a 6-1 6-2 winner over Kanika Jayathilake to advance to the same stage while No.1 seed Edward Winter and Alec Braund, the fourth seed, also won in straight sets to join Jasika and Leong in the third round.
The top three seeds in the girls’ singles tournament – Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz, Hana Sonton and Talia Gibson – each dropped just one game in winning through to the third round.
Fourth seed Jessica-Jade Haylo beat wildcard Zorika Morgan 6-3 6-3.
These eight players will look to maintain their strong form when they return to Melbourne Park on Monday for a shot at the quarterfinals.
Also on Sunday, 18/u Australian Championships qualifying action continued; Tayla Whitehouse, Grace Schumacher, Taylah Lawless and Olivia Symons clinched main-draw spots in the girls’ tournament while Connor Johnson, Campbell Salmon, Oliver Douglas and Alex Bulte did the same in the boys’ event.
Players are still to be placed in the four round-robin groups making up the boys’ and girls’ main draws.
More than 500 of Australia’s top young athletes representing every state and territory will take to the courts between now and December 16.
The 12/u and 16/u championships begin on 11 and 12 December respectively, while 16 Australian men and women will compete for a main-draw wildcard at the Australian Open 2019 Play-off from 10 December.
For all December Showdown news, draws, scores and order of play, follow this link.