Cross and Mboko Can Hold Heads High After Australian Open Junior Doubles Final Loss
BY TENNIS CANADA
In the final, Cross and Mboko faced their most difficult test yet, the tournament’s No. 1 seeds Clervie Ngounoue of the United States and Diana Shnaider of Russia. They got off to the perfect start, however, consolidating an early break of serve to take a 3-1 lead. Their opponents levelled proceedings at 4-4 and produced another crucial break to take the first set 6-4.
Ngounoue and Shnaider took that momentum into the second set and began it strongly by going up 3-0. Cross and Mboko showed their resilience by winning the next three games to bring the scores even, but a second break of serve for their opponents saw them retake the lead. It was an advantage that would carry Ngounoue and Shnaider to the title as the second set finished 6-3.