This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
No. 1 ranked junior player Saville wins in three sets
Filip Peliwo (Vancouver), Canada’s top-ranked junior male, saw his stellar run at the Junior Australian Open come to an end on Saturday after a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 loss to the world’s No. 1 junior Luke Saville of Australia.
Playing in Rod Laver Arena against an obvious crowd favourite, Peliwo got off to a slow start. He was able to fight back in the second set and got a late break of serve to force a deciding set. However, he was unable to maintain the momentum, losing his first service game of the third and ultimately the championship.
It was the second consecutive final that the No. 7 ranked Canadian faced off against Saville. He defeated the hometown boy in the championship match of a warm-up event in Traralgon last week. Saturday’s loss ended his winning streak at 11 matches.
Peliwo was the first Canadian to reach a Junior Grand Slam final since Philip Bester and Peter Polansky both did it in 2006 at the French Open and US Open respectively.
Peliwo, who turns 18 this coming Monday and is a member of Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre, will achieve a career-high ranking when the new ITF Junior Rankings are released next week.