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Yuki clinches boys singles title in Australian Open

sports Updated: Jan 31, 2009 23:19 IST
Sahil Sharma
Sahil Sharma
Hindustan Times
Yuki Bhambri wins Junior Boys title Yuki Bhambri created history

Yuki Bhambri created history at the Australian Open on Saturday becoming the fourth Indian to win a junior Grand Slam title outclassing Germany's Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas 6-3, 6-1 in just 57 minutes.

The junior world No. 2 has emulated the records of India's tennis stars Ramanathan Krishnan (Wimbledon junior title in 1954), his son Ramesh (junior French Open and Wimbledon in 1979) and Leander Paes (Wimbledon in 1990 and US Open in 1991).

"It feels great. I was hoping for this to happen as I was in good form and had worked really hard," said a relieved Yuki from Melbounre.

If Yuki is elated in Melbourne, his house in Gulmohar Park is abuzz with activity after its star resident's triumph Down Under. Dr. Chander Bhambri, Yuki's father, sported a wide smile and had sweets ready for the steady stream of journalists who trooped in. Yuki's proud mother was busy giving one interview after another.

"I got the news in the morning, but I only spoke to him at 3pm. He is very happy, but the win hasn't sunk in as yet", said Indu Bhambri, Yuki's mother.

But the win - especially on hard courts, Yuki's favourite surface - has not surprised anyone in the Bhambri household. "He went to win the championship, and we always believed that he would succeed. Hard court has always been his priority. He's better off focussing on them rather thinking of other courts."

But young Yuki has a few things to sort out at the moment. "Yuki has checked out of the hotel and then missed his flight. We're trying to make some arrangements for him but he's quite worried right now," said Indu.

Understandably this win has allowed the Bhambris to hope for bigger things. "I think he has reached the pinnacle in the boys tennis. We now want him to move into men's tennis. For that, he needs to build his shoulders and muscles to cope with the extra pressure."

Yuki had always impressed with his swift movement on the court and his lusty groundstrokes. The one area he had to work the hardest on was his fitness. "Before coming here I knew I had to be very strong. It is extremely hot and humid and I was well prepared," said Yuki.

With inputs from Deepika Sharma