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Grandin out, Wayne wins

South Africa’s involvement at senior level in the Australian Open tennis tournament came to an end in Melbourne at the weekend when Natalie Grandin exited the women’s doubles competition, writes Mark Etheridge.

Grandin and Czech partner Vladimira Uhlirova went down in three sets in the second round of the season opening Grand Slam.

Seeded ninth for the tournament, they lost to the unseeded Romanian duo of Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu.

The final score was 6-1 4-6 6-3 to the Romanians in a match that lasted a minute under two hours out on court 13, a court that saw much action by the South Africans who were in action in Melbourne.

Grandin was also involved in mixed doubles action losing in the first round. Her and Netherland Antilles player Jean-Julien Rojer lost to sixth seeded Sania Mirz and Mahesh of Bhupathi in a two-set clash.

Meanwhile Wayne Montgomery keeps the SA flag flying at junior level in the same tournament. He came through his first round match, beating Israel’s Bar Tzuf Botzer in three sets, 6-7 7-5 6-1. That sets him up for a second round clash with six seeded Andrew Harris of Australia.