Australian Open: 14-year-old Hannah Klugman and Ksenia Efremova advance

Hannah Klugman and Ksenia Efremova are through into the junior Australian Open R3

by Jovica Ilic
Australian Open: 14-year-old Hannah Klugman and Ksenia Efremova advance
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Hannah Klugman and Ksenia Efremova, super talented 14-year-old girls, are through into the junior Australian Open third round. The 4th seed Klugman took down a qualifier Alana Subasic 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes at 1573 Arena. Hannah served at 72% and fired five aces, defending her second serve nicely and losing serve once from the only break chance offered to her rival.

Subasic could not follow that pace, dropping half of the points in her games and suffering six breaks from nine opportunities given to the Briton. Klugman built a slight lead in the mid-range and most advanced exchanges while outplaying her rival in the shortest rallies up to four strokes.

Alana squandered three game points in the encounter's first game and experienced a break after Hannah's forehand winner. The Aussie pulled the break back with a deep return in game two before the Briton cracked a backhand down the line winner for a break chance at 1-1.

Subasic sprayed a forehand error, allowing Klugman to forge another advantage.

Hannah Klugman, Australian Open 2024© Darrian Traynor / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

Hannah cemented the lead after deuces in game four, firing an ace and moving 3-1 in front.

Alana failed to bring the fifth game home despite game points, facing a break point after Hannah's backhand winner. The Briton painted another, securing her third straight break and forging a 4-1 advantage. The 4th seed extended the gap with an ace in game six, forcing her rival to serve to stay in the set.

Alana netted a routine forehand in game seven, experiencing the fourth break of serve in a row and handing the opener to her opponent after 27 minutes. Klugman served well in the second set, producing four fine holds and mounting the pressure on the other side.

Hannah fired up her mighty backhand in the second game and grabbed a break before holding at 15 with a forehand down the line winner, rattling off eight games. They served well in the next three games, and Subasic fought hard on the return at 2-4.

The Aussie reached three deuces before spraying a terrible forehand error, allowing the Briton to maintain the lead.

Ksenia Efremova and Hannah Klugman are marching through in Melbourne.

Alana served to stay in the match at 2-5 and played a loose forehand, offering Hannah three match points.

The 4th seed seized the fourth after the rival's backhand error, sealing the deal in style and moving into the third round. Ksenia Efremova is making her Major debut at 14. The French player defeated a seeded rival in the first round and ousted Hayu Kinoshita 6-2, 6-3 in the second, joining Klugman in the next round.

Kinoshita served at 78%, but her serve was an easy catch for Efremova. Ksenia grabbed half of the return points and turned them into five breaks from eight chances while losing serve only once. Efremova landed a forehand winner in the encounter's first game for a break of serve.

Ksenia held at love in the second game with a service winner and created two more break chances in game three. Hayu denied them with winners and held to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

Ksenia Efremova, Australian Open 2024© Stream screenshot

The Japanese earned two break points in the fourth game, spraying the first with a backhand error and experiencing Efremova's lucky net cord service winner on the second.

Ksenia held after deuce for 4-2 and clinched her second break in the next one after Hayu's wayward forehand. The French player held at love in game eight for 6-2 after 32 minutes. Ksenia attacked on the return in the first game of the second set, landing a forehand drive-volley winner for an early advantage.

Kinoshita pulled the break back in game four, already doing better than in the opener. However, Efremova seized another break in game five with a forehand winner, cementing it with a service winner in the next one for 4-2. Ksenia held after deuces in game eight, painting a forehand drive-volley winner and forcing Hayu to serve to stay in the match.

The Japanese saved a match point at 3-5 and earned game points, eager to prolong the action. Efremova denied them and converted the second match point after the rival's loose backhand, celebrating her second victory at Majors.

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