The magic ended for Hong Kong's Tong Ka-po as she lost her doubles final against Russia's Elena Dementieva and Lina Krasnoroutskaya. But her experience at Victoria Park will forever linger in her mind. Tong and South African partner Amanda Coetzer were beaten 6-1, 6-3 by the Russian pair but the Hong Kong number one said she would not dwell on the loss. 'It was already a great moment for me to play on centre court in front of my home crowd,' said the 20-year-old, who had played brilliantly on Thursday to reach the final. 'Getting into the final was good enough. Of course, it would have been great to win it, but the Russians were too strong. 'Tennis is a funny game. One day you can play superbly and the next day you can play, uh-oh, like me! We had chances to take the second set. We were up like 40-15 and 40-30, but we couldn't close out the game. Had we won those games, it would have given us the confidence but they were too good.' Tong, whose singles ranking is 276th in the world, was playing with Coetzer for only the second time, but the Hong Kong-South African pair had no answer to the consistency of the regular partnership of the Russians. 'I learned a lot playing these two matches in doubles,' said Tong. 'I really didn't want to lose but I had to accept it. Actually I was more nervous playing in the first match. This time I was not as nervous. They put a lot of pressure on us. They weren't going to give us any easy returns and they forced us into making mistakes.' Tong will try her luck at this month's Australian Open, hoping to gain a place in the main draw of the singles by competing in the qualifying competition. 'I'm just going there to try. I know I don't have a great chance but you should try.' Dementieva said winning the doubles was some consolation for losing to Jennifer Capriati in the singles final. 'It's a happy end for me,' she said. 'I am just happy about it but I am very tired right now. It was a good final against Capriati but I think I didn't have much luck. 'Lina and myself have been playing in a few tournaments and we will also be competing in the Australian Open. I don't really like playing doubles too much. We only play a few times a year. It's enough for me.'