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Burnie: Maya Joint makes history, Adam Walton shines | 11 February, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Burnie: Maya Joint makes history, Adam Walton shines | 11 February, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

At age 17, Maya Joint becomes the youngest Australian to lift an ITF 75 trophy, while Adam Walton is crowned Burnie International 2 men’s champion.

Burnie, Tasmania, 11 February 2024 | Vivienne Christie

A dream start to season 2024 has continued for Maya Joint, who became the youngest Australian woman to win an ITF title at the Burnie International 2 with victory over Aoi Ito in Sundayโ€™s final.

Joint, still just 17 and ranked world No.483 entering the tournament, defeated five higher-ranked opponents en route to the title.

This included fellow Australian Lizette Cabrera, Thailandโ€™s Mananchaya Sawangkaew, countrywoman Kayla McPhee in the quarterfinals and No.5 seed Sijia Wei, from China, in the semifinals.

Joint overcame her 365th-ranked Japanese opponent 1-6 6-1 7-5 in a one-hour 44-minute final to lift her first trophy on the ITF World Tennis Tour.

While she showed maturity well beyond her years in the come-from-behind victory, Joint revealed there were plenty of nerves. โ€œI was a bit frustrated in the beginning, but Aoi played really well,โ€ Joint said. โ€œI had to figure out a lot of things.โ€

She was the second Australian to win a title at the level in 2024, following Priscilla Honโ€™s win at the first Burnie tournament last week. It marks the first time two Australian women have won ITF 75 tournaments in consecutive weeks of competition.

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It follows a string of impressive results for the teenager this year, including an upset of No.8 seed (and former top-five singles star) Sara Errani to reach the quarterfinals of the Canberra International (a WTA 125 tournament).

She subsequently reached the final round of Australian Open qualifying as a wildcard, where she was stopped by eventual main draw semifinalist Dayana Yastremska.

โ€œThis yearโ€™s been really unbelievable. Iโ€™m so grateful to get a wildcard into this tournament,โ€ said Joint, explaining its importance to achieving goals she has set this season. โ€œIโ€™m just trying to get my ranking up as much as possible. โ€œ

Burnie International 2024 champion Adam Walton, with runner-up Dane Sweeny.

Burnie International 2024 champion Adam Walton, with runner-up Dane Sweeny.Fellow Australian Adam Walton claimed the Burnie International 2 menโ€™s title, with the top seed claiming a straight-sets win over countryman (and No.4 seed) Dane Sweeny in the final.

The 177th-ranked Queenslander required one hour and 50 minutes to complete his 6-2 7-6(4) win. It marks a secondย  ATP…

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