Former Rockhampton junior tennis player Storm Sanders from bowed out of the Australian Open yesterday after her Open debut
Former Rockhampton junior tennis player Storm Sanders from bowed out of the Australian Open yesterday after her Open debut LUKAS COCH/AAP

Storm to hold head high after taking first set in Open debut

A SUPERB start to her campaign wasn't enough to prevent former Rockhampton junior tennis player Storm Sanders from bowing out of the Australian Open yesterday.

After trading blows early in the first set, Sanders broke Italy's Camila Giorgi's serve during the ninth service match before holding serve to take out the opening set, 6-4 in 37 minutes.

Ranked 219 in the world, Sanders looked a notch above world No 99 Giorgi during the first set.

However, Giorgi fired back, winning the first three games of the second set on her way to a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over 19-year-old Sanders.

Sanders received a wildcard entry into the Australian Open.

It was her first major tournament after defeating world No 39 Shuai Peng 6-2, 6-2 at the Hobart International last week.

It was Sanders first career WTA Tour win.



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