Halfway point

Halfway point

I’m very pleased with how the first week of the tournament went. I obviously didn’t plan on having to save match points in my first match, but it was a great match to come through and I have improved with each match since then.

I was especially pleased with how I played on Saturday against Samantha Stosur. She’s a very dangerous player but I felt like I did almost everything very well and didn’t give her a chance to play well. It was one of my best performances of the past few months and gives me a lot of confidence for my match against Venus today.

Playing Venus Williams on grass has got to be one of the toughest challenges in tennis. She’s such a great champion: she’s so strong in all areas, especially her movement: it’s hard to hit past her. But I know I’ve got a good chance if I can play like I did in my last match, and even improve.

As usual, I’ve spent almost all of my time in Wimbledon during the tournament, rather than visiting Central London. It’s nice to be able to relax at home for once, instead of staying in a hotel, which is the case at almost all other tournaments. We had a barbecue one evening and I’ve been enjoying my mum’s cooking – my whole family is here with me.

But yesterday was my father’s birthday so we went to our favourite restaurant, Nobu, in the city. We always visit there when in London.

I’ve been relaxing by watching movies on DVD at my house and reading. I’ve seen ‘Last of the Mohicans’ and ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ and I’m halfway through the book ‘Mao's Last Dancer’ – I found each very interesting.

Love
Ana

Ana's Wimbledon fourth round match against Venus Williams is scheduled as the first of the day on Court 1 on Monday. It is due to begin at 1pm local time (2pm Central European Time; 8am Eastern Time). Click here for live point-by-point scoring from the All England Club

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