Wimbledon chances Dunne and dusted

Katy Dunne
Katy Dunne

KATY Dunne’s Wimbledon Juniors dream came to an end after she lost in straight sets to Uzbekistan’s Nigina Abduraimova.

The Flaunden star’s fiery temperament was on show on court 8 as she stayed level at 2-2 in the first set but, after a few poorly timed shots, Abduraimova took advantage to win 6-2.

The second set was far closer as Everyball International Academy player Dunne held on until she was finally beaten 7-5.

The 17-year-old had impressed in the first round as she knocked out the American number 10 seed Chalena Scholl 6-3, 6-4, and coach Peter Thorne felt she had made great progress.

“We didn’t quite get the result we wanted today. But it could have gone either way. If she keeps being exposed to this sort of level she will improve,” he said.

Dunne, ranked 131st in the junior rankings before the tournament, is now likely to move into the top 100.

Thorne added: “Her goal is to get into the top 50 before the end of the year so she qualifies automatically for the grand slams.”