Stephanie Gilmore’s bid for another world surfing title has taken a hit after the Australian was eliminated from the US Open of Surfing on the opening day.
Gilmore was sent to the elimination second round after losing her first-round heat to Hawaiian defending champion Tatiana Weston- Webb in 1.2-1.5m waves.
She was then took on wildcard Frenchwoman Maud Le Car, who posted a combined score of 10.84 to Gilmore’s 8.90.
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It was better news for fellow Aussies Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons and Nikki Van Dijk, who all progressed through to round three.
Defending world champion Wright beat Coco Ho and Le Car in her first- round heat thanks to a two-turn ride scored 7.10.
Fitzgibbons defeated fellow Australian Keely Andrew and South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag.
Australians Andrew, Bronte Macaulay and Laura Enever were all eliminated in the second round.