Jaimee Fourlis of Australia in action against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in round two of the women's singles at the Australian Open.
Jaimee Fourlis of Australia in action against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in round two of the women's singles at the Australian Open. DEAN LEWINS

'Hopefully soon I'll be playing like she does'

MELBURNIAN Jaimee Fourlis allowed herself a moment to soak in the rock-star moment of being announced on to a main court at her home grand slam.

The teenager might not have got the result she wanted against eighth-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, falling 6-2 6-1 to the two-time grand slam winner, but was "proud” and all the better for the experience.

"I'm pretty proud of myself to actually make the second round of a slam,” Fourlis said.

"Things didn't go my way, but I'm pretty proud of myself.

"Playing a two-time grand slam champion doesn't come every day. She's an incredible player. I think I held my own, but of course she's a little bit more experienced and has a better, bigger serve.

"I don't really think anything was quite different, but she's definitely more experienced.

"I've just got to tidy up my game and hopefully soon I'll be playing like she does.”

Fourlis, who will start her Year 12 studies this week, said she was thrilled with the chill-inducing hometown reception she received on Margaret Court Arena.

"You get shivers. The crowd was amazing,” she said.

"Every point they were chanting my name and you don't get that anywhere else than your home grand slam.

"When I walked in and they called my name, definitely, yeah (I let myself enjoy it for a second).

"I brought it all in, but then I had to concentrate. The crowd was amazing. I'm very thankful that they came to watch me today.”

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