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Pervak underscores Russian depth

KSENIA Pervak showed Russia's conveyer belt of female tennis talent is still in full flow by winning the Australian Open girl's title yesterday.

Hot on the heels of three Russian women making the semifinals at Melbourne Park, the 17-year-old Pervak beat Britain's Laura Robson 6-3, 6-1, breaking her fellow lefthander's serve six times to race to victory in 78 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

Third-seeded Pervak, who is ranked inside the top 200 and plays mostly senior tournaments on the tour, said she had been simply too good for the Briton.

"I played really good today," Pervak said. "Everything was down the line and I moved well. That was the key."

Pervak sometimes practices with top-20 player Anna Chakvetadze.

Robson, who won junior Wimbledon last year as a 14-year-old, admitted she had been outplayed.

"I think she won because she played more consistent than me," said Robson, who arrived at the media conference wearing Fernando Verdasco's sweatshirt after she had borrowed it from the Spaniard to keep warm while waiting to undergo a doping test.

India's top seed Yuki Bhambri won the boy's title with a similarly easy 6-3, 6-1 victory over Germany's Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas.

The 16-year-old took just 57 minutes to win, breaking Georgoudas's serve twice in each set, while not being down a break point on his own serve at any stage of the match.

"Winning the Australian Open is obviously a very big achievement," he said. "I dreamed of winning it, and it's come true."

In the men's doubles, the American Bryan brothers Bob and Mike, the second seeds, won the title by seeing off the third-seeded pairing of India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the final last night.


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