The David Squad’s Yshai Oliel came tantilizingly close to becoming the first Israeli boy to win a Junior Grand Slam event on Saturday, losing in the final of the Australian Open.

The 17-year-old Israeli, who is placed at No. 12 in the ITF’s Junior rankings, suffered a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 loss to 16-year-old Hungarian Zsombor Piros.

Oliel defeated top seed Yibing Wu 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the semifinals on Friday, but couldn’t recapture that form on Saturday, being broken five times during the one hour and 52 minute encounter.

Oliel was hoping to follow in the footsteps of Shahar Pe’er, who took the girls’ title at the Australian Open in 2004 and Anna Smashnova, who won the girls’ French Open in 1991.

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