Melbourne, 13 December 2018 | Tennis Australia

The 12/u and 16/u Australian Championships moved indoors on Thursday because of heavy rain as the December Showdown continued at Melbourne Park.

Players from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific have converged on Melbourne Park within the last fortnight to compete in Australia’s biggest junior tennis event series.

The December Showdown has been running since December 1st and will conclude on Sunday 16th December with the 12/u, 16/u and Australian Open 2019 Play-off finals.

Round 3 of the 12/u Girls’ singles kicked off todays matches with top seeds [1] Sarah Rokusek (NSW), [2] Ayuna Nakazato (JPN), [4] Mayu Crossley (JPN) and [5] Gloria Jovic (NSW) earning a spot in tomorrow’s quarterfinals, while an upset saw [16] Seri Nayuki (JPN) defeat No.3 seed Sasha Situe (NZL) 6-3 3-6 6-2.

No.1 seed in the Boys’ 12/u draw Mudiwa Munyimani (Vic) progressed to the quarterfinals, along with [2] Charlie Camus (ACT) who had a straight set win 6-0 6-0 after a challenging game yesterday against Taichi Wakamatsu.

There was an upset in the 16/u Girls’ with Cyan Sun (Qld) defeating [4] Amy Stevens (Vic)  whilst  top seeds [1] Olivia Gadecki (QLD), [2] Anastasia Berezov (NSW), [3] Natasha Russell (SA), [5] Taylah Lawless (NSW) and [7] Olivia Symons (VIC) all qualified for the quarterfinals.

Following his surprising victory over top seed Chen Dong (QLD) on Wednesday, lucky loser Junyi Tang (VIC) continued his stellar form in the 16/u Boys’ draw defeating Callum Gale (SA) 6-3 7-5 to set up a quarterfinal match with Victoria’s Enzo Aguiard. Second and third seeds Tai Sach (Qld) and Cooper White (Vic) also progressed through to the quarterfinals.

“I think I played well. It was a tough match, there were some points in the second set where I felt like he had me but I kept fighting. I kept trying to make it as tough as possible for him and in the end I got the win,” Junyi Tang told after the match.

12/u and 16/u Quarterfinals

 12/u Girls’ Singles Quarterfinals

  • [1] Sarah Rokusek (NSW) vs. [7] Chelsea Elliot (VIC)
  • [4] Mayu Crossley (JPN) vs. Renee Zhang (NZL)
  • [8] Lily Taylor (QLD) vs. [16] Seri Nayuki (JPN)
  • [5] Gloria Jovic (NSW) vs. [2] Ayuna Nakazato (JPN)

12/u Boys’ Singles Quarterfinals

  • [1] Mudiwa Munyimani (VIC) vs. [7] Ryosuke Shibuya (VIC)
  • [4] Yuta Tomida (JPN) vs. [6] Pavle Marinkov (NSW)
  • [2] Charlie Camus (ACT) vs. [5] Hayden Jones (QLD)
  • [13] Gautham Santhosh (QLD) vs. Oscar Wang (SA)

16/u Girls’ Singles Quarterfinals

  • [1] Olivia Gadecki (QLD) vs. [5] Taylah Lawless (NSW)
  • Cyan Sun (QLD) vs. Tina Smith (QLD)
  • [3] Natasha Russell (SA) vs. [6] Lara Walker (QLD)
  • [2] Anastasia Berezov (NSW) vs. [7] Olivia Symons (VIC)

16/u Boys’ Singles Quarterfinals

  • Junyi Tang (VIC) vs. Enzo Aguiard (VIC)
  • [3] Cooper White (VIC) vs. winner of [7] Edward Vo (SA) v Samuel De Andrade (WA)
  • Winners of: Sam Edgar (TAS) v Ethan Dunn (WA) and Kamil Kozlowski (NSW) v Patrick Douglas (SA)
  • [2] Tai Sach (QLD) vs. [5] Alex Bulte (Vic)