Great effort from Naiktha to take a set off the top seed! I thought she would only win 3-4 games. Sharipova is supposed to be pretty good. She's #23 on junior ITF rankings and #441 in WTA rankings. She won a WTA maindraw match in Tashkent a few months ago and took six games off Pervak. She's 17 and Naiktha is still only 13 so the fact that Naiktha could challenge her is a great achievement. I think she could've gone very deep in the tournament if she had a better draw. This also ends Naiktha's run of 18 wins in a row.
She's really establishing herself as one of the best junior prospects. In fact according to the junior ITF rankings she's the best 13 year old in the world.
Next up she has another Asian junior ITF. Hopefully she has a better draw in that one.
By the way she thanked us for her support after winning Gosford on twitter.
Thanks everybody on tennisforum.com for all the kind comments.
Actually 14 year olds are not allowed to play professional Grand Slams. You have to be at least 15. I do think maybe a MWC for the Australian Open juniors is possible but we'll see, she at least deserves one for qualifying.
For AO girls? She should get a main draw wildcard for sure. Although I guess it depends on some of the girls who have already established a good senior ranking, Rajcic, Hadzic, Sanders. I'd be surprised if Rajcic, Hadzic would want to play though.