JANS CLAIMS SINGLES TITLE IN AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Talented 18 year old Julia Jans captured the 2002 VWTT Australian Open singles title with a 6-4 7-6 win over the talented Amanda Coetzer. Jans also reached the semifinals in doubles with partner Serena Williams. Jans, ranked fifth, is sure to go up in the rankings, as the top 3 ranked players lost early. Here is what she had to say:
"I am so thrilled to have won my first grand slam, in the first grand slam that I played! This is so exciting, and I hope that I can reach no.1 some day! Serena and I did really well in doubles yet again, so I'm very happy with my play. I played very well throughout this tournament, playing consistently and agressively. Amanda gave me a good match, but in the end I managed to prevail. I AM SO HAPPY!