Millman and Tomljanovic suffer defeats
John Millman suffers a second-round loss in Budapest, while Ajla Tomljanovic makes a first-round exit in Istanbul.
John Millman missed out on another long run at the ATP Tour’s Hungarian Open, while Ajla Tomljanovic also suffered defeat at the WTA’s Istanbul event on Wednesday.
Millman’s hopes of a return to the final in Budapest are over after he was beaten by local wildcard Attila Balazs in the second round.
The Australian sixth seed battled for more than two hours before he succumbed 6-4 2-6 6-2 to world No.246 Balazs.
Outrageous from Attila Balazs 😳
A huge win as well for the World No. 246 against No. 6 seed John Millman 👏
— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 24, 2019
Millman – who made his maiden ATP Tour final last year on the red clay in Budapest – could only convert two of 11 break-point chances and will drop from 39th to at least 48th when the next rankings are released.
The 30-year-old Balazs – who returned to action in March after missing seven months due to a hip injury – will face Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the quarterfinals after the Frenchman defeated German Matthias Bachinger 7-5 6-2.
In Istanbul, Tomljanovic, the world No.39 and Australian No.2, went down 6-3 6-3 to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.
Tomljanovic struggled with her second serve, winning just 29% of the points behind it and dropping serve six times.
There was also a defeat for Fed Cup star Sam Stosur, who went down 7-5 2-6 7-5 to India’s Ankita Raina at the WTA US$125k event in Anning, China.
Stosur was back in action three days after helping Australia beat Belarus in Brisbane to reach the Fed Cup final.