British hopeful Katie Swan is getting more confident at her ability to compete at the highest level following her Wimbledon experience, which came to an end on Wednesday.
The teenage wildcard thrilled the home crowd with a first-round 6-2 6-2 victory over Irina-Camelia Begu, however, fell at the hands of Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second round.
Despite the loss, the 19-year-old is ready to take the positives from her experience at this year’s Championships.
Swan made her Wimbledon debut two years ago before injuries stalled her progress. She will break into the top 200 following her opening-round victory and aims to continue on an upward trajectory in the coming weeks and months.
“Practising here last week, I was playing every day with top 100, top 50 players, and I haven’t had that for the last year,” said Swan.
“And I think every day I have improved and every day I’m getting more confidence that I can compete at this level and I have shown it this week.”
The Brit’s second-round match saw Buzarnescu fly out of the blocks and dominate the first set 6-0 before the Bristolian got on the board in the opening game of the second.
“The scoreline suggests that it was pretty easy, but I did feel that there are some positives to take from the match. I think the biggest thing is the consistency,” highlighted the teenager.
“That’s what I’ll be working on when I go home and start practising.”
“I definitely felt nerves going out there, which I think is a good thing, because it meant I really cared. Even after winning my first match, I wanted to keep going in the tournament,” she said.
“Unfortunately I didn’t play my best today [Wednesday]. But I have to give credit to her because she really didn’t give anything to me, and especially in the first set it was tough, really tough.”
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