LEADING Hong Kong junior Willy Chan finished a memorable year in the best possible fashion by winning the Reebok Asia/Pacific Championships at Victoria Park. Willy confirmed her status as Asia's top female junior by beating Japanese third seed Yasuko Nishimata 6-4, 6-4 in the girls' singles final. The winners and runners-up of both the girls and boys' singles won a trip to Melbourne to take part in the prestigious Australian Open and Australian Hardcourt Championships junior events next month. Top seed and defending champion Chen Wei-ju of Taiwan underlined his dominance of the boys' singles by defeating Korea's Chung Hee-seok 6-4, 6-2 in the boys' final. Wei-ju, 15, was a deserving winner and completed his five matches in the tournament without losing a set. But it was Willy who captured the interest of a large and appreciative crowd at Victoria Park's centre court, with the 15-year-old Hong Kong Sports Institute scholarship holder showing the promise of good things to come in the near future. Willy made her debut on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) world senior rankings this year and closed out the year with WTA ranking of 529. More significantly, a string of excellent results this year saw Willy's International Tennis Federation (ITF) world junior ranking rise to 143. That ranking means she will comfortably qualify for the main draw of the Australian Open junior event without having to play through the qualifying rounds. Willy and Yasuka started the final confidently, but it was Willy who gained the early advantage when she broke her opponent's serve in the fifth game for a 3-2 lead. The Hong Kong player gained confidence from that point and broke again for a 5-2 lead before Yasuka staged a brief comeback by taking the next game from Willy's normally reliable service. Yasuka showed admirable resolve in the second set by racing to a 2-0 lead, although her fight back was short-lived as Willy won the next four games in a row with the buffer of two service breaks. Willy was never in trouble from that point and went on to serve out the match after 82 minutes on centre court. The win was especially significant for Willy, as her main goal going into the tournament had simply been to achieve a high placing. ''I expected that I might get through to the final, but I never thought that I would win the tournament'', Willy said. ''I am very, very happy that I won, because this is a great tournament.'' Yasuka made it to the final after eliminating top seed Weng Tzu-ting of Taiwan in a shock semi-final result. Weng went on to win the play-off for third and fourth places by beating compatriot Fan Chiang Yu-ming 6-4, 5-7. 6-1. After breezing though his earlier matches, Wei-ju soon found himself up against a more determined opponent in the final as Hee-seok pushed the first set into a tie-breaker. Hee-seok startled his opponent by opening up a 3-0 lead with two service breaks in the first set, but Wei-ju's reliable and accurate groundstrokes soon saw him back in the match. The defending champion won the last five points of the tie-break in succession to close out the set in convincing style. Hee-seok's resolve began to falter from that point, with Wei-ju taking a decisive 3-1 in the second set with a service break and went on to take the match and the title by breaking Chung's serve again in the last game. In the boys' singles play-off for third and fourth places, big-serving Filipino Dante Sta Cruz defeated Korea's Kim Han-jo 6-4, 6-3.