Rogowska falls in Bendigo final
Australian Open 2018 wildcard Olivia Rogowksa has been defeated in the Bendigo Tennis International final by Slovenian teen Tamara Zidansek.
Olivia Rogowska has been defeated in the Bendigo Tennis International final on Sunday, going down to teenage Slovenian Tamara Zidansek 5-7 6-1 6-0.
After a tough three-set win over Abigail Tere-Apisah of Papua New Guinea in the semifinal, the Victorian was gallantly early, but put up little resistance after the opening set as the fourth-seed raced away to take the title in just over 90 minutes.
Despite the loss, Rogowska, Australia’s sixth-ranked woman, has enjoyed a remarkable run of form during the Australian Pro Tour, the Bendigo final only her third loss as she claimed titles in Penrith, Cairns and Canberra. She was also a semifinalist in Brisbane.
Her success recently earned her a main draw wildcard to Australian Open 2018 as the best-performed Australian player at the $60,000 Canberra and Bendigo ITF tournaments.
“Coming into the Pro Tour, I really wanted to make sure I was being as positive as possible, fight as hard as I could and not dwell too much on results,” she said. “With that kind of mental mindset I think I played myself into some really good form and now I’m just feeling really confident.
“My self-belief is really high at the moment, it’s been a really great couple of months, I’m over the moon.”
In making the Bendigo final, Rogowska solidified a jump of over 100 ranking places since the start of the Australian Pro Tour, and is now projected to be inside the world’s top 170 players. The 26-year-old held a career-high of world No.102 in August, 2014.
Aussies Alison Bai and Zoe Hives won the doubles title in Bendigo after the unseeded duo came from a set behind to upset the top seeds, Arina Rodionova and her American partner Asia Muhammad, 4-6 6-4 [10-8].