The 14-year-old Ksenia Efremova ended her first junior Major campaign with a quarter-final loss to the top seed Renata Jamrichova. The more experienced player scored a 6-2, 6-1 victory in 51 minutes, dominating on serve and return and sailing into the semi-final.
Efremova played well in the opening three encounters. However, she stood powerless against the first favorite, struggling on the first and second serve and spraying 25 unforced errors. Jamrichova tamed her strokes nicely and dropped eight points behind the initial shot.
The Slovak defended the only break point she faced and turned 44% of the return points into five breaks from eight opportunities. Renata forged a massive advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes, landing 22 service winners and attacking first.
Ksenia kicked off the action with a hold at 30 in the encounter's first game after a lucky net cord winner. Jamrichova sprayed a forehand error and faced the only break point.
She saved it with a service winner and brought the game home with another after the fourth deuce. Efremova sprayed a backhand error in the third game and faced two break points. Jamrichova cracked a forehand down the line winner on the first, securing a break and moving in front.
A left-handed Slovak held in the fourth game with a service winner before missing a smash in the next one, keeping her French rival within one break deficit. Renata opened a 4-2 gap with a service winner and painted a backhand winner in the next one for a break chance.
Renata Jamrichova defeated Ksenia Efremova in style in Melbourne.
She squandered it with a wayward forehand but earned the second after Ksenia's double fault. The 14-year-old hit another, losing serve and finding herself 5-2 behind.
Jamrichova served for the opener in game eight and fired an unreturned serve for two set points. The top seed clocked another powerful serve, wrapping up the opener in 29 minutes. Renata grabbed an extended rally in the first game of the second set, delivering a break after Ksenia's backhand mistake.
The top seed cemented the lead with a hold at love in game two after a backhand winner and extended the third game.
Efremova saved a break point with a perfect drop shot winner and held with a service winner to reduce the deficit.
Renata produced another fine hold in game four, holding at 15 with a service winner and opening a 3-1 gap. Jamrichova forced Efremova's backhand error in the fifth game, earning three break points. The top seed seized the second with a backhand crosscourt winner, forging a 4-1 advantage and sailing toward the finish line.
The top seed landed an ace in the sixth game, holding at love and forcing Efremova to serve to stay in the match. Jamrichova painted a forehand winner in the seventh game and created a match point. Ksenia netted a forehand, losing serve and hitting the exit door.