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Eden Silva believes there are positives to take from her grass court season after her Wimbledon qualifying campaign came to an end in the opening round writes Oli Dickson Jefford.
Londoner Silva, who benefits from the LTA Top 25 programme which allows access to the NTC courts and facilities for the top 25 ranked British male and female players on ATP/WTA rankings and have also benefited from the LTA’s enhanced Performance Competition Calendar that has provided more tournament opportunities in the UK this year, was beaten 6-1 7-5 by Catherine Harrison.
Despite defeat, the 26-year-old believes she has had an encouraging grass court season overall.
She said: “I think I’ve had a good grass court season up until now. I qualified for the WTA event in Nottingham and for Surbiton, and reached the last round of qualifying in Birmingham, so I’ve had a few good matches on there. I’ve got to just take the positives and move on to my next tournament.
“It’s the qualifying of a Slam, so no match is going to be easy. I didn’t feel my best out there obviously. Sometimes it’s just not your day and your opponent brings her game.
“It’s just one of those where you have to brush it off and move on.”
Though her singles campaign has come to an end, Silva will still be in action at SW19 next week.
She will be playing doubles alongside in-form Jodie Burrage, the pair having received a wildcard into the main draw.
Silva commented: “I’m good friends with Jodie and she’s obviously doing great at the moment, so hopefully we can get a few wins out there.
“It’s always nice playing at Wimbledon and in front of a home crowd, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
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