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Ilford’s Silva sad to miss Wimbledon chance

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 July 2017

Britain is set to be gripped by Wimbledon fever

Britain is set to be gripped by Wimbledon fever

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Ilford’s Eden Silva admitted not closing out the opening set when well-placed cost her dearly as she was beaten in the first round of qualifiers at Wimbledon.

The 21-year-old fell to a 7-5, 6-2 loss against Jasmine Paolini on the third day of qualifying at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton.

British number 14 Silva had battled her way to a 5-1 lead in the opening set and looked to land a decisive blow against her Italian counterpart.

However, Paolini stormed back to take 12 of the next 14 games and book her place in the second round of qualifying later this week at the expense of Silva.

And Silva admitted she could have managed the match more effectively as she looked to close out the first set. “I was 5-1 up in the first set and had chances to close it out on the big points,” she said. “She stepped up and I took my foot off the pedal a little bit, and she just ran away with it in the second set.

“I need to work on how to deal with those sorts of situations against better players, how to close it out a bit more and what shots to play when you’re up in the match.”

World number 594 Silva was up against a player more than 450 places above her in the pyramid, with Paolini having reached a career high 130.

However, the Brit remained philosophical in the face of defeat and enjoyed being back on home courts after a knee injury restricted her ability to compete over the past few months, adding: “I think she’s very experienced at this level, she’s reached a career high ranking last week.

“But playing at qualifying at Wimbledon for the first time was terrific, so I’m happy I pre-qualified and got to play here. I’ve been injured for a while, so it was nice to get out and play at home in England, and I definitely hope to be back next year.”

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