Ro­di­onova fo­cuses on crack­ing top 100

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

ARINA Ro­di­onova will tar­get a top- 100 rank­ing and reg­u­lar grand slam in­volve­ment af­ter her feisty Wim­ble­don quest ended.

The only Aus­tralian to reach the sec­ond round in sin­gles, Ro­di­onova’s 6- 4 7- 6 ( 7- 4) de­par­ture to Kazakh Za­rina Diyas left Aus­tralia with its worst Wim­ble­don re­sult since 2012.

But, hav­ing snared four suc­ces­sive grass court vic­to­ries, Ro­di­onova will jump 95 places to a per­sonal best of No. 132.

“Af­ter this tour­na­ment I’m gonna have my ca­reer- best rank­ing af­ter seven years,” the ex­hausted Vic­to­rian said.

“I’m re­ally happy with that to come back home and have a few days and con­tinue to work with my fit­ness trainer and coach.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting to the next tour­na­ments.

“The re­sult is prob­a­bly not the one I wanted but ( I was) sat­is­fied with the way I played to­day and the way I fought and gave it all out there.

“That’s ten­nis. Some­times, it doesn’t hap­pen.”

Ro­di­onova led the sec­ond set 5- 1 and un­suc­cess­fully tried to serve it out three times.

“She just re­laxed a lit­tle bit, started play­ing a lot bet­ter. She’s a good player and doesn’t give up,” Ro­di­onova said.

“I don’t think I would change any­thing. My level of ef­fort was 100 per cent.

“I prob­a­bly wasn’t phys­i­cally 100 per cent be­cause I was re­ally fa­tigued from my pre­vi­ous two long matches.

“I was fight­ing for ev­ery point and that’s all I can ask.”

Aus­tralia’s Arina Ro­di­onova.

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