Kiwi falls at fi­nal hur­dle in dou­bles

The Dominion Post - - Sport -

New Zealand ju­nior ten­nis player Finn Reynolds and his Por­tuguese dou­bles part­ner Du­rate Vale have come ag­o­niz­ingly close to win­ning the Aus­tralian Open Boys Dou­bles ti­tle.

Reynolds a 17-year-old left­hander from the Hawke’s Bay and Vale were beaten by the fourth seeds Yu Hsiou Hsu (Taipei) and Lingxi Zhao (China) 7-6(8) 4-6 5-10 in one hour 28 min­utes in a match which was very much any­one’s for the tak­ing.

De­spite the loss the scratch Kiwi and Por­tuguese com­bi­na­tion can be pleased with their ef­fort with wins over the third and first seeded teams to make the fi­nal.

‘‘I’m ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed we didn’t get the win to­day but our op­po­nents put us un­der pres­sure. I think in the su­per tiebreak they didn’t make an er­ror…they served well and played ex­tra well. It was still a great match,’’ said Reynolds. ‘‘Me and Duarte just got on so well. We had re­ally good week. It would have been great to fin­ish the tour­na­ment with win but it’s been and ex­tremely pos­i­tive week for us.’’

Reynolds also praised his coach, Mar­cel Vos and Ten­nis NZ’s tar­geted ath­lete pro­gramme which he said had en­abled him to play in tour­na­ments such as the Aus­tralian Open and he made spe­cial men­tion of his fam­ily.

‘‘It’s been great play­ing here with the sup­port of my fam­ily and friends and even some of my cousins have flown all the way here to Melbourne to sup­port me. I couldn’t have done this with­out them.’’

As for the fu­ture Reynolds who en­tered the tour­na­ment as one of the last di­rect en­tries into the sin­gles draw is look­ing for more suc­cess now he’s ex­pe­ri­enced his first ju­nior grand slam.

‘‘I al­ways knew I could play pretty de­cent dou­bles. I just want to take some of that into my sin­gles as well and hope­fully get my rank­ing up and take that into more grand slam and hope­fully play with Duarate more as well.

‘‘Hope­fully plenty more of these in the fu­ture and hope­fully go one bet­ter in the fu­ture one day.’’

Mean­while Vale was happy with their per­for­mance over­all and gave his Kiwi part­ner a lot of credit for their re­sults.

‘‘We play so well as a team and get on so well. It’s been a great week, we’ve had fun and I think New Zealand should be proud of the player they have in Finn.’’

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