Hemel Hempstead teenager Katy Dunne believes inexperience cost her as her hopes of debuting in the ladies’ singles at Wimbledon were dashed in the first qualifying round.
The 19-year-old went out in straight sets, 4-6, 0-6, to 16th seed Tamira Paszek of Austria at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton.
But the JTC Academy player felt that the scoreline may have flattered her opponent.
“I’m gutted that I didn’t get the win but I think I gave 100 per cent in every point and gave my all,” Dunne said.
“I just was up against a very experienced player who likes the grass, unfortunately.
“I think I did well on the scrappy points but she was very good at defending so there were a lot of times when she managed to get the point even though I was in a better position throughout it.
“She’s been doing this longer and training against players who are at this level and used to the strike that they hit.
“I just need to get back to work and get better at doing all of that but I definitely pushed her, particularly in the first set and in the second set there were a few close games.”
The first set saw the power of both players’ returns cause problems, with the final seven games going against serve.
Despite some long rallies in the second set, the British number 10 was unable to match Paszek and a double fault gave the Austrian match point which she duly took.
Dunne has the chance to soften the blow when she competes in ladies’ doubles qualifying with Katie Boulter and she insists she will bounce back strongly.
“I’ve learnt that the more experience I get at this level the better – I will be at taking the points when I’m ahead or taking advantage of being up in a game,” she added.
“I also need to get used to the fact that you can’t afford to make a sloppy error on any point because they are on it all the time.
“I will use the frustration and disappointment I felt at the end to drive me on to train even harder and get back to this level.”
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