Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia's sole competitor in the women's draw, has left it to the men to fly the Aussie flag at the Sydney International after she was bundled out in the first round.
The world No.265 fell 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) to American qualifier Lauren Davis, who will now take on Italian No.3 seed Sara Errani in the second round.
''There are good things and bad things,'' Gajdosova said.
''There is still a lot that needs to be improved. It's definitely not where I want it to be. Physically I feel okay, not great. I'm still very tired. I think the two hours in the sun took a lot out of me … my body is not quite used to such long matches with so many points and stuff like that. So it's still a long ways away, but I think I can only try to train and hope it's going to get better.''
Gajdosova threw away a 4-2 lead in the first set against the world No.67, losing four consecutive games to hand Davis the opening set.
Both players managed to hold their serve in the second set but the pint-sized American got the better of her Aussie opponent in the tie break 10-8, despite leading 4-1 in the early stages of the tiebreak.
''Yeah, look, I had a lot of chances,'' she said.
''I was 4-2 up. I thought I started pretty well. When it gets to such a score, it really can go either way. I tried to play as well as I could. Unfortunately I made too many errors when it counted and maybe a few bad shot selections, bad choices I made.
''But I think I'm still missing a lot of match play. I'm not used to seeing certain situations and balls coming my way. It's going to be a long process back, but I can take the positives out it of it - hopefully there were some - and move on.
Gajdosova then backed up an hour later for a doubles match alongside Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic against Zimbabwe's Cara Black and India's Sania Mirza.
''It's still nice to get a win, it makes your day a little bit better,'' she said.
''It's still nice. I need some matches under my belt and some wins as well to give me some confidence for my singles. I think I struggle a bit with that considering I haven't played for almost nine months. It's not easy for me right now. I try to do the right things and be positive and fight as much as I can, but it's not easy if you haven't played. It's not easy losing. As I say, it's still a long way away. Hopefully take positives out of it and it'll get better.''
Fellow Australian Matthew Ebden was also bundled out of the tournament after a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Frenchman Julien Benneteau on Ken Rosewall Arena.
The wildcard was broken twice by the tournament's No.6 seed in both sets.
That leaves Bernard Tomic, Marinko Matosevic and Samuel Groth to fly the local flag when the first round of the men's tournament continues on Tuesday.
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