Georgie Stoop knocked out of $75,000 tournament

GEORGIE Stoop's run at the prestigious $75,000 AEGON Pro-Series tournament came to an end today (Wednesday). The Great Chishill tennis player lost in the second round to the tournament s second seed Kristina Barrois from Germany at the Welti Tennis Centre

GEORGIE Stoop's run at the prestigious $75,000 AEGON Pro-Series tournament came to an end today (Wednesday).

The Great Chishill tennis player lost in the second round to the tournament's second seed Kristina Barrois from Germany at the Welti Tennis Centre in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Stoop made the second round after dismissing wildcard and fellow Brit Jade Windley in the first round match with a very comfortable 6-1 6-2 win to set up the clash with Barrois, the world's number 67 player.

In a close match, Stoop held her own with some excellent baseline play on the indoor hard courts but her opponent was too strong on the day and eventually prevailed 7-5 6-2.


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"I think I was playing a very tough opponent today," said the 21-year-old.

"I don't feel like I played my best tennis but she's a top 70 player for a reason and that really showed today. I was really struggling to break her serve and I didn't really get many opportunities at all and when I did I wasn't quite able to convert them.

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"I think the scoreline was a fair reflection of the match, it was just frustrating that in the first set on my serve I let myself down a bit at 6-5 down and then lost the rhythm as it was pretty close all the way.

"On the positive side, I've got lots to take away and lots to work on. It was a good opportunity for me and a great experience to play somebody of her standard.

"There aren't many tournaments that I go to where there are top 100 players unless you're playing Grand Slams or tour events so it was good for me to see where I'm at."

The Shrewsbury tournament is the fourth biggest women's tournament to be held in the UK behind Wimbledon, the AEGON Classic in Birmingham and the AEGON International in Eastbourne and as a result attracts the likes of top British players Katie O'Brien and Melanie South as well as a number of top 100 players.

Stoop, who trains at the National Tennis centre in Roehampton, is now looking forward to getting back to winning ways:

"I'm going to Finland on Sunday for a $25,000 event and then Barnstable so hopefully I'll be able to get some wins under my belt as these are really important events for me."

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