WILDCARDS Ashley Keir and Zoe Hives were beaten, but far from disgraced at the second William Loud Bendigo International on Wednesday.
Canberra's Keir and Ballarat's Hives were rank underdogs in their first round singles contests against number one seed Irina Falconi and 2012 champion Arina Rodionova, respectively.
But both players showed plenty of fight.
Keir went down 5-7 3-6 to top-seeded American Falconi.
The 19-year-old was always in the contest, but Falconi's class won through.
Keir won 57 points for the match to Falconi's 70, while the American converted six of eight break point chances to Keir's four from six.
Hives lost 3-6 1-6 to Russian star Rodionova.
The 17-year-old Victorian's 10 double faults proved costly, but Hives could take heart from a hot streak of nine-straight points won during the match.
Meanwhile, WA's Jessica Moore will face second seed Olivia Rogowska in the next round after overcoming Nives Baric 6-2 6-3.