Last Aussie hope crashes out at Wimbledon
ARINA Rodionova's unlikely Wimbledon campaign is over, departing in acrimony after a string of clashes with officialdom.
The Melbourne qualifier lost 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to Kazakh Zarina Diyas despite leading the second set 5-1 and holding a set point.
Failing three times to serve out the second set, Rodionova vented her frustration at Portuguese umpire Mariana Alves over several disputed line calls.
Supported by former Richmond midfielder Dan Jackson, Rodionova had plenty of chances to notch a fifth straight Wimbledon win.
The Russian-born baseliner was the only Australian singles representative to reach the second round - and she took the hardest road possible.
Winning three matches in qualifying, she then upstaged 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
But she came up marginally short of toppling former world No 31 Diyas.
Rodionova landed 32 winners to Diyas' 31 and made 31 unforced errors to the Kazakh's 29.
But she will long rue blowing three separate opportunities to clinch the second set against wilting opposition.
There was also the matter of waning composure.
Rodionova was irate with Alves in the second set when the Victorian believed a shoddy line call cost her the set as Diyas stormed back.
There was another clash two games later in a marathon game scarred by another eruption at Alves.
"It was this far out," Rodionova raged at the end of the game. "What am I supposed to do?"
In a campaign overshadowed the arrest of her husband Ty Vickery in relation to an alleged extortion plot, Rodionova earned about $100,000 in prizemoney and will rise to a career-high mark of close to No 130.