YOUNG Ruby Coffin put on a gallant performance before going down in the girl's singles category during the Oceania Closed Junior Championship at the Regional Tennis Centre in Lautoka.
Playing against world junior number 1171, Selina Turulja of Australia, the Natabua High School Year 9 student lost 7-6, 6-1.
Tennis Fiji vice-president Naga Reddy said Ruby raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set before allowing her opponent to hit back.
Reddy said a win at the International Tennis Federation Grade B Two tournament would have earned Ruby her first world junior ranking points.
"It seems Ruby got all excited with a fine start and lost concentration after that," he said.
"Our other two players Annie Shannon and Mulan Kamoe played well but could not finish the job.
"There are top ranked players from Australia and New Zealand in this tournament so it was a learning experience for all the participants from the island nations."
Shannon and Kamoe also lost their opening round matches. Kamoe with a ranking of 1756 went down to G Da Silva Fick of Australia 6-3, 6-3.
Shannon ranked 809 lost to another Australian Ella Husrefovic 6-4, 6-4.
The tournament has attracted world number 23 Naiktha Bains of Australia. She qualified for the quarter-finals after downing Fick 6-3, 6-1.
In the boy's quarter-finals top seed Marc Polmans of Australia lost to Brian Tran of New Zealand 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a tight affair.
Tournament referee Patrick O'Rourke said the Australians had dominated the matches.
O'Rourke said high quality matches had been on display.
"It is pleasing to note Bains who is in the top 30 juniors in the world is here," he said.
"She will be representing Australia at the upcoming Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.
"Also Polmans the boy's top seed is going to play at the US Open Juniors at the end of the month. There is pretty good depth and that is why he lost."
The final will be played tomorrow.