Wimbledon 2014: British girls' singles hopes ended

By Phil ShepkaBBC Sport at Wimbledon
Gabriella Taylor
Taylor trains in Spain and is ranked sixth among Great Britain's girls

British hopes of a girls' singles winner at Wimbledon ended with third-round defeats for Gabriella Taylor, Katie Boulter and Maia Lumsden.

Taylor, 16, from Southampton lost 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 against Paula Badosa Gibert of Spain on court 18.

Lumsden was seen off 6-2 6-1 by Michaela Gordon, who had already defeated fellow Scot Isabelle Wallace.

On court 17, Katie Boulter of Leicester lost to third seed Tornado Alicia Black 6-1 6-2.

American Black, a junior finalist at the US Open last year, made only three unforced errors - compared to Boulter's 17 - in a comfortable first set win.

The second went much the same way, as Black stretched her lead out to 5-2 to serve for the match.

Despite facing three break points, Black completed victory to leave Boulter with only the girls' doubles alongside partner Ivana Jorovic left to worry about.

Earlier, Boulter's fellow Brit Taylor, who trains in Badosa Gibert's native Spain, had begun brightly, breaking her counterpart in the first game and showing she was not afraid of rallying with her opponent.

A costly slip on break point in the eighth game brought Badosa Gibert level, but Taylor once more broke at 5-5 with a forehand down the line as her opponent moved towards the net, giving her a chance of serving for the set.

However, she could not see it out as the Spaniard won the game to love, taking it to a tie-break, where she broke Taylor's serve at 5-5 and duly served up an ace to seal the set.

And, in the next, a confident Badosa Gibert went into a 5-3 lead, and served out for the match, with Taylor hitting into the net on her forehand side on match point.

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