Ellen Perez has been knocked out in the opening round of the Tokyo Open after battling through qualifying to compete.
The 26-year-old from City of Shellharbour won more games than Xinyu Wang on Monday, but lost the match 7-5 1-6 6-4.
Perez, rated 352 in the world, twice looked in control against an opponent 274 places above her in the standings, taking the opening three games, then romping the second set.
But her first serve dropped off in the third set, managing to land just 50 per cent, and her Chinese opponent took advantage.
Perez’s defeat left Daria Saville as the only Australian remaining in the singles draw. She faces former world No.1 and four-time grand slam champ Naomi Osaka in Tuesday’s main fixture.
In Monday’s opening match Elise Mertens won the first three games against Qiang Wang before Typhoon Nanmadol forced play to be suspended for 45…