Yesterday, however, the 27-year-old from Essex was overpowered by the American Kristina Brandi.
It marked a disappointing day for the Birmingham crowd, who had earlier seen another British hope, Jo Ward of Tyneside, lose in two sets. The impressive 22-year-old Brandi took advantage of early errors from Smith, breaking her serve in the opening game. The first three games went against serve before the American claim the first set 6-2 and the second 6-3 as Smith's game was strewn with unforced errors.
Ward had earlier also gone out in straight sets to Belgium's Sabine Appelmans. The British No 4, a wild card entry from South Shields, could not match her more experienced opponent and lost eight of the last 10 games.Reuse content