India''s Bhambri buoys hopes with breakthrough win

MELBOURNE: Yuki Bhambri blitzed Germany''s Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas to become India''s first Australian Open junior champion on Saturday.

The 16-year-old New Delhi native completely outplayed his opponent 6-3, 6-1 in the boys'' singles final, making him one of the most exciting prospects in years. Buoyed by the breakthrough, Bhambri plans to switch out of juniors and onto the senior circuit as soon as possible. "Winning the Australian Open is obviously a very big achievement, regardless of being the first Indian," said Bhambri, who lists his favourite player as Rafael Nadal. "But I dreamed of winning it, and it''s come true.