Moseley proves to be a thorn for Thornton
It was just another day at the office for local tennis’ No.1.
Top-ranked Russell Moseley earned himself yet another title on home soil after blasting second seed Andrew Thornton in a routine 6-2, 6-0 victory in Saturday’s final of the Christopher Howitt Memorial Tournament at the Ocean View courts.
The game was clearly worth the wait for Moseley, who went two weeks between the semis and final due to travel commitments and an injury to Thornton.
But whatever rust the top seed had was minimal as Moseley produced forehand winners almost at will as part of a quick 4-1 lead in the first set before losing his serve to give Thornton a brief glimmer of hope.
However, the 27-year-old responded by rattling off the next eight games without reply on the way to handing Thornton a humiliating second-set “bagel”.
“I’m very happy with where my game is right now and that wasn’t the case earlier this year,” admitted Moseley.
“But I’ve been serving so well of recent and that takes pressure off every other area of my game including my groundstrokes.
“I wanted my serve to be a weapon for my whole life but it was never there before, however I am reaping the benefits now.” (JM)