Tennis: Kiwi Fanning falls at French Open

Emily Fanning in action at the Australian Open. Photo / Getty Images
Emily Fanning in action at the Australian Open. Photo / Getty Images

The French Open doubles run of Kiwi junior Emily Fanning and her Russian partner Alina Silich has come to an end in the second round.

Fanning and Silich were beaten by Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan and Russian Victoria Kan 6-2, 7-5.

The first set went quickly but Fanning and Silich fought hard in the second, which lasted 43 minutes.

"There wasn't a lot in it and there were a lot of deuce points and with sudden death deuce it can go either way,'' Fanning said. "We had a point to go 5-2 up in the second set so it was a missed opportunity but I'm happy with the way I played.''

However the Kiwi admitted she would probably look to find another doubles partner in time for Junior Wimbledon.

"We combined okay, it wasn't great but I have to try lots of different players until I find someone who's good.''

Fanning who lost in the first round of the singles enjoyed her first taste of Grand Slam main draw experience.

"The overall experience was awesome to see the stars around and it's an amazing atmosphere and I would love to come back next year. Being here is so much better than being at a junior ITF somewhere else.''

Fanning will play an ITF junior tournament on clay in Germany next week before switching to grass.

"I am looking forward to getting on to the grass and going to Wimbledon. I have hardly ever played on grass so it will be a tough transition for me but another great experience at Wimbledon.''

- APNZ

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