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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Aussie no name becomes a giant killer


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Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell has admitted that she was nervous when serving for the game in her shock win over 29th seed Donna Vekic.

Birrell's 6-4 4-6 6-1 win over the Croatian gave her a career-first third-round appearance at a Grand Slam, and she was overcome with emotion following the result.

"It's so surreal," she told Nine.

"That was such a blur. All I know is I just fought for every point. I left it all out there."

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When asked by Nine's Clint Stanaway about whether she was nervous when holding a 5-1 lead in the final set and serving for the game, the 20-year-old gave a candid response.

"100 percent. Definitely," she said.

"There were so many things going through my head. I just had to bring myself back to the present and focus on getting my first serve in and I was able to do that."

The Gold Coast native is making her Grand Slam debut and she expressed her pride in being able to represent Australia.

Kimberly Birrell

"Thank you everyone that's supporting me," she said.

"I'm so proud to be an Aussie and representing my country and I'm so grateful for this opportunity and I hope I can do everyone proud."

Next up for Birrell could be a date with current world No.2 and reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, and the Australian was not backing down from the challenge.

"There's no easy matches at that level," she said.

"If I do end up playing her, I hope that I do, because it'll just be such an incredible experience."

Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell has admitted that she was nervous when serving for the game in her shock win over 29th seed Donna Vekic.

Birrell's 6-4 4-6 6-1 win over the Croatian gave her a career-first third-round appearance at a Grand Slam, and she was overcome with emotion following the result.

"It's so surreal," she told Nine.

"That was such a blur. All I know is I just fought for every point. I left it all out there."

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1085424567055802368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

When asked by Nine's Clint Stanaway about whether she was nervous when holding a 5-1 lead in the final set and serving for the game, the 20-year-old gave a candid response.

"100 percent. Definitely," she said.

"There were so many things going through my head. I just had to bring myself back to the present and focus on getting my first serve in and I was able to do that."

The Gold Coast native is making her Grand Slam debut and she expressed her pride in being able to represent Australia.

Kimberly Birrell

"Thank you everyone that's supporting me," she said.

"I'm so proud to be an Aussie and representing my country and I'm so grateful for this opportunity and I hope I can do everyone proud."

Next up for Birrell could be a date with current world No.2 and reigning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, and the Australian was not backing down from the challenge.

"There's no easy matches at that level," she said.

"If I do end up playing her, I hope that I do, because it'll just be such an incredible experience."

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