Drummy bows out
Despite a valiant effort, Ireland's Georgia Drummy failed in her bid to secure a second-round place in the Australian Junior Open, losing 6-3 6-3 early yesterday morning to Japan's Ayano Shimizu in Melbourne.
From an early stage, the omens were unfavourable for the 15-year-old Dubliner from Blackrock when she had to save a break point in her opening service game against her fellow qualifier.
And two games later the Japanese 17-year-old broke to 15 for a 3-1 lead en route to wrapping up the first set.
However, the second set opened on a much more positive note for 200-ranked Drummy when she broke 387-ranked Shimizu for a 2-0 lead. But she failed to build on that favourable situation, allowing her opponent to break back twice to nail down a place in the last 32 in just 62 minutes.
Overall, Shimizu broke left-hander Drummy, watched by her mother Ashling and sister Alexandra, on five occasions from five opportunities, with the Irish player's corresponding figures being two from four.
The Japanese right-hander also had the edge in service statistics, winning 65pc of her first serves as against 48pc for Drummy, and the respective second service winning figures were 57 and 48. In addition, the Mount Anville, Goatstown schoolgirl didn't help her cause by making 47 unforced errors compared to just 24 for her opponent.