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Tornado Alicia Black, 15, loses at Mexican Open in WTA Tour debut

Tornado Alicia Black made her WTA Tour debut at the Mexican Open. (Jose Mendez/EPA) Tornado Alicia Black made her WTA Tour debut at the Mexican Open. (Jose Mendez/EPA)

Top-ranked American junior Tornado Alicia Black made her WTA Tour debut on Monday, losing to Bojana Jovanovski 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the Mexican Open.

The 15-year-old wild-card entry played a competitive match against the 22-year-old Jovanovski, the sixth seed and 42nd-ranked player in the world. Jovanovski, who made the fourth round of the Australian Open and third round of the French Open last year, needed 1 hour and 55 minutes to advance. She was broken when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set.

"Had such an amazing experience here in Mexico!" Black tweeted. "Even tho I lost I got a standing ovation, a moment I will never forget. Muchas gracias!! :)"

Black, the fourth-ranked junior and 2013 U.S. Open girls' finalist, is still seeking her first main-draw victory of 2014. She has also played three tournaments on the ITF Women's Pro Circuit.
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