Vera Lapko of Belarus celebrates after defeating Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia in the girl's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Vincent Thian
January 30, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Vera Lapko has followed in Victoria Azarenka's footsteps by becoming just the second Belarusian to capture the girls' singles trophy at the Australian Open.

The 17-year-old Lapko upset defending champion and No. 2-seeded Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4.

Azarenka was the last Belarusian to capture the title back in 2005.

Lapko has risen up the junior rankings to No. 12 after reaching the semifinals of the girls event at Wimbledon and the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in 2015.

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