Tauson dropped the first set of the tournament 6-1 to Australian wildcard Anastasia Berezov, and didn’t drop another en route to the title – though she admitted she thought her unbeaten streak may well have ended in the first round at Melbourne Park.
“I wasn't expecting actually to win here after the first round, but I kept working hard and had some tough matches in the beginning. I got through it, so I'm very happy about that. The start of the year has been good for me, of course. I'm not thinking too much about if I never lose a match in juniors anymore, because I will. I'm very happy about the last 12 matches.”
Tauson came out with the odd break in three at the midpoint of the opening set before breaking Fernandez four times in succession in the second, throwing her hands to her head as she looked to her father Soeren, who is also her coach, after sealing victory in 66 minutes.
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“I was just happy, thinking I can't believe I won,” said Tauson, who is Denmark’s first junior champion since Caroline Wozniacki won the Wimbledon girls’ title in 2006. “I was thinking about my mom at home – she hasn't slept in a week, almost two weeks. [And] my little sister. She's still up, actually.”
Musetti and Nava took to court following Dylan Alcott’s quad wheelchair triumph, the American watched by two-time Australian Open champion Ivan Lendl – who had invited him to a USTA training squad in 2018.
Nava, the cousin of ATP player Ernesto Escobedo, struck first in the final, claiming the only break of the opener to move in front after 37 minutes – the first time Musetti had dropped a set in the tournament. But the Italian, runner-up at last year’s US Open, stormed back in the second, breaking twice to even things up and send the match into a decider.