SHE may have suffered Wimbledon qualifying elimination at the hands of Czech player Tereza Smitkova but Southampton teenager Gabriella Taylor insists she will be better for her Roehampton experience.
After becoming the first British woman to advance to the second qualifying round for Wimbledon with a stunning victory over 19th seed Sofia Arvidsson; Taylor came back down to earth with a bump on Wednesday.
Taylor was unable to repeat her previous qualifying heroics as Smitkova won 6-3, 6-4 in a ruthless display of tennis. But after enjoying her taste of the Wimbledon Championships, Taylor has vowed to return better for the experience.
“Overall I think I’ve gained a lot of experience here,” she said. “I could’ve played much better but you can’t play good tennis every day.
“I’m really happy from my first round match and that’s given me a lot of confidence. I’m aware of where I am now in the WTA circuit and among these players. Next time I’ve just got to try my best again and see what happens.
“I’ve learnt I need to fight for every point. You can’t afford to make an error on any point and I need to fight better than the other girls to win.
“These girls here are much stronger than me mentally and physically and next year I just have to do better.”
After experiencing a near-perfect day for tennis on Tuesday, Taylor admitted slightly blustery conditions in Roehampton had affected her game and in particular her serve.
The Southampton youngster also revealed she had regrets about wasting chances during her defeat that could have seen a very different result all-together.
“The conditions were worse than in the first round,” she added. “It was pretty windy and on one side you were against the wind so it was hard to find a rhythm.
“[Tereza] just played much better with the wind and against the wind. I fought and I had my chances but I just couldn’t take them.
“Overall I think I thought I played some good tennis and I’m happy with how far I’ve got but I know I perhaps could have done better at times.
“My serve was working pretty well but in the second set I had the chance in my game to move 5-4 up but it wasn’t the best service game and it just wasn’t meant to be; she just played much better than me.”
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