Albion Park junior Stephanie Bengson says featuring in the main draw in women's doubles at Melbourne Park will be a driving force to play in the other grand slams this year.
The world No 184-ranked Bengson and fellow Australian partner Monique Adamczak were gunned down 6-3, 6-4 by Zimbabwean Cara Black and Australian Anastasia Rodionova in the opening round of doubles on court five yesterday.
She said the experience gained from playing in her second grand slam would be a huge motivator for the rest of 2013.
"It was awesome to be out there and it's definitely a goal to not just play the Aussie Open but try and qualify for the other slams this year," Bengson said.
"It was a really close match. We had a break in the second set and it was probably the experience of Anastasia and Cara, a former world No 1 in doubles, which told in the end.
"I've had a taste of it now and I'm confident my career is heading in the right direction. Reaching the main draw, I know there's more days like this in store for me.
"I'm really going to work hard for the rest of the Australian summer, get myself into WTA events and hopefully be in a position to head overseas and try and get into the big tournaments.
"I'm pretty confident 2013 will be a good year - it's started off really well."
Bengson trained on the hard courts at Bulli in preparation for her second Australian Open appearance, after also making the main draw of doubles last year when she partnered Tyra Calderwood.
Bengson and Adamczak have won a tournament in Japan but were handed a tough first-round Open draw, with Black a winner of five Grand Slam doubles titles, including three Wimbledons and an Australian Open victory in 2007.