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Kiwi junior Reynolds into Aust Open final

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/01/2017

New Zealand has a player in the junior final of a grand slam tennis tournament for the first time in 24 years.

Hawkes Bay's Finn Reynolds and his doubles partner Durate Vale of Portugal toppled Japanese top seeds Toru Horie and Vibing Wu 7-6 7-6 in a tense boys doubles semi-final at the Australian Open.

It capped a fine comeback after the unseeded pair trailed 1-5 in the first set.

The opponents in the final in Melbourne on Friday will be fourth seeds Yu Hsiou Hus (Taipei) and Lingxi Zhao (China).

Left-handed Reynolds, 17, said he had well and truly exceeded his expectations.

"It's a great feeling. I mean we'd never played before the tournament but things have worked out perfectly," he said.

"We just played solid tiebreaks and just lifted it up and they made a couple of errors that was the difference. We just have to keep doing what we're doing and have fun out there."

The last Kiwis to contest a grand slam junior final were Steven Downs and James Greenhalgh, who combined to win the boys crown at Wimbledon in 1993.

Reynolds has a world junior singles ranking of 104th while Vale is 16th.

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