New Delhi: Ambika Pande became the first Indian ever to win the Canadian U-18 ITF Junior World Ranking Championship when she defeated local challenger Gloria Liang in the final of the event in Vancouver on Sunday.

The 15-year-old fourth seed Ambika overcame stiff challenge from third seed Liang to emerge 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5) winner.

Ambika had earlier defeated local girl Tracy Dong 7-6(5), 6-4 in the semifinals while she blew away the challenge of another local challenger Laurence Guevremont 6-4, 6-0 in the last-eight stage.

This is the first win ever by an Indian junior player at this prestigious tournament.

Ambika trains at DLTA Complex here and is coached by Vishaal Uppal, the former Indian Davis Cup player.

She is an active player in the Indian junior circuit and has won junior national series and championship series titles.

(Agencies)