Australia's Kyrgios and Croatia's Konjuh win junior titles

Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:56am EST
 

By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Nick Kyrgios and Ana Konjuh of Croatia followed in some famous footsteps on Saturday when they were crowned junior champions at the Australian Open.

Krygios fended off another home player, Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6 6-3 while 15-year-old Konjuh was too good for Czech second seed Katerina Siniakova, taking the girls' title with a 6-3 6-4 victory.

With two Australians in the final for the first time since 1994, the home crowd was guaranteed a double celebration for Australia Day.

Kokkinakis had two set points in the first set but 17-year-old Kyrgios eventually wore him down to claim his first grand slam title, all without losing a set, to become the second straight Australian winner after Luke Saville's triumph last year.

"I'm pretty stoked with the last two weeks I've had, winning the lead-up tournament and now the Australian Open," Kyrgios told reporters. "It's a great start on the year.

"I wasn't actually that nervous knowing he had set points. I thought I played the big points well.

"Full credit to him getting to that position, but I thought I was a bit better on the big points today."

The 16-year-old Kokkinakis suffered a blow on the eve of the match when an MRI scan showed he has a stress fracture in his back.   Continued...

 
Nick Kyrgios of Australia poses with the trophy after defeating compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in their junior boys' singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz