Ecstatic Lorbergs into Perth second round
Perth Tennis International #2 wildcard Genevieve Lorbergs on "cloud ten" after knocking out third seed in first main draw appearance.
In her first ever ITF Circuit main draw appearance on Tuesday, Australian wildcard Genevieve Lorbergs has upended Korean third seed Na-Lae Han in straight sets to advance to the second round of the Perth Tennis International #2.
“I’m on cloud ten, forget cloud nine,” said the 26-year-old from East Bentleigh in Melbourne. “Put this in the memory bank for sure. So ecstatic right now.”
Lorbergs took the first set in a tiebreaker and then held firm to claim the match 7-6(4) 6-3.
“Just with the work I’ve been doing over the last six months, I’ve really been hitting my strides,” she said. “It’s all of a sudden come together.”
Lorbergs recently took out the Burswood Silver Pro AMT event in Perth and last month claimed the MCC Glen Iris AMT title in Melbourne – alongside victory in both singles and doubles at the Victorian Grasscourt Championships.
She describes herself as an all-court player who likes to use her forehand and come in to the net when she can. “I like to go after my serve,” she adds. “And I have a ‘never-say-no’ attitude. Just keep going.”
She also credits much of her new found success to meditation and mindfulness. “That’s been a real game changer for me. Just focusing on what I can control and leaving the rest out there.”
Adding to the success of the day, Lorbergs later returned to the court with partner Seone Mendez to defeat fellow Australian wildcards Masa Jovanovic and Alexandra Walters in their opening round doubles encounter.
It was good day for the Australians, with Destanee Aiava, Priscilla Hon and Olivia Rogowska also all advancing.
Along with Han, Japanese second seed Riko Sawayanagi was a major casualty, falling to Italian qualifier Georgia Brescia.
A number of Australians will be in first round action on Wednesday, including wildcards Tammi Patterson and local favourite Storm Sanders, alongside qualifiers Zoe Hives, Jaimee Fourlis and Jovanovic.