Montgomery goes down in Oz
Wayne Montgomery (Photo: Mario van de Waal)
Johannesburg - The fine run of top South African tennis junior, Wayne Montgomery, has come to an end at the Junior Australian Open in Melbourne.
New world No 1 Junior, Nick Kyrgios of Australia, beat the Somerset West-based junior, 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday.
The South African, ranked 7, faced an onslaught of powerful groundstrokes and pin-point power serves by Kyrgios from the start of the match.
Kyrgios hit first serves up to 216 km/h with his serve average recorded at 192km/h. Montgomery battled to convert important points and battled to get in his rhythm, partially due to the “fiery” start by Kyrgios.
“I really struggled to play my game out there today. Nick started strong and got me off balance early and I found it tough to make any comeback,” said Montgomery.
On Wednesday, Montgomery scored an impressive 6-3, 6-1 over Franko Miocic of Croatia in round 3 to enter the last eight.
“I played so well yesterday and was in full control against Miocic. I was consistent from start to end but today was a different ball game and a different opponent,” said Montgomery after his loss. “l have full respect for Kyrgios. He is after all the No 1 and he deserves to be there.”