WEST Harling tennis hopeful Pippa Horn will face a vital next six months as she looks to bounce back from a disappointing Junior Wimbledon, according to her father.
Mike Horn watched on with his wife Judy on Saturday on Court 19 as the 16-year-old served 10 unfortunate double faults against Indonesia’s Aldila Sutjiadi as she became the architect of her own downfall in a straight sets defeat.
The wild card entry crashed out in her first round girls’ singles match 6-1 6-4 to Sutjiadi – ranked 162 places above her in the world at 51, but a player she had fancied herself beating going on head-to-heads.
Her father, Mike Horn, said: “It was a very disappointing performance.
“It was a good draw and she had beaten the girl before the last time they had played, but she knows she has to look at herself and say ‘that is just not good enough’.
“The year before she looked golden and like she belonged out there, but on Saturday she did not.”
Horn, a reigning national doubles champion, had hoped to put things right in a delayed girls’ doubles first round match alongside partner Harriet Dart out on Court 17 yesterday.
But the British pair lost in straight sets, 6-3 6-1, against Russia Olga Doroshina and Czech Katerina Siniakova to prevent going back on court later in the day in the second round.
Her father said: “It is a very important six months for her now.”