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Taylor out of Junior Wimbledon
8:17pm Thursday 3rd July 2014 in Sport
Southampton tennis star Gabriella Taylor will look back on what might have been after her Wimbledon dream ended today.
The 16-year old British junior number six came through her opening two rounds of the girl's singles without dropping a set but was always facing a tough task against Paula Badosa Gibert.
The Spanish baseliner dumped the top seed out in the second round but there was little in a close encounter, settled 7-6, 6-4 after one hour and 19 minutes.
Indeed Taylor hit more winners and amassed just three less points to show how close it was - the difference between the teenager's unforced errors being ultimately decisive in statistics.
"I'm disappointed but I've lost in a really close match and I can be proud about that," she said.
"The match came down to just a few points and a few serves and it was really competitive. I was nervous but I soon settled down and got into the match.
"She is much higher ranked than me and reached the quarter-finals at the French Open. In some ways it makes it more disappointing to be so close to winning but I will learn from it."
However, Taylor insists her performance at Wimbledon has improved her self-belief as she heads towards a busy summer of tournaments.
"Last year I won just two games and lost in the first round," she added. "Sometimes you learn more about yourself when you've lost but the experience of winning is certainly much better.
"I've got more time in the juniors and hopefully I can start to make an impression at these tournaments even more now.
"Being at Wimbledon, experiencing all the crowds and the excitement, really motivates you and makes you want to go back on the practice court and keep working hard.
"Everyone here is a top player, everyone wants to make it, the only way you are going to do it is if you work really hard."
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