London calling

London calling

I’ve been in England for almost two weeks already. I practised at Roehampton before playing Eastbourne. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t so good to begin with, so I wasn’t able to practise on grass as much as I had planned.

Eastbourne is a cute place. I love the sea, so I enjoyed being so close to it during this tournament. The Devonshire Park club is also very nice and the quality of the grass there is fantastic. It’s a shame I couldn’t stay longer.

On the positive side, losing early in Eastbourne meant that I could attend the big player party on Thursday, which is hosted by Sir Richard Branson in Kensington. But I had quite a stressful time beforehand, because I didn’t have anything to wear!

This is every girl’s nightmare! I had no choice but to run around London looking for a suitable dress, and shoes too, just a few hours before the party. In the end I found a Dolce & Gabbana dress that I liked, and everything worked out well – although I was a little late!

Aside from attending the party I haven’t been up to much. I went to collect my clothing from adidas’ hotel on Friday morning, then we drove to my house in Wimbledon.

I practised with Svetlana Kuznetsova yesterday and now I’m just looking forward to getting onto the court and competing. I don’t know much about my first round opponent Lucie Hradecka, but my coaches will watch her practice and give me some advice on how she plays.

It’s always good to have some idea about your opponent’s style of play, but at the same time you should focus more on your own game: if I can play aggressively and impose my game onto my opponent, I have a good chance.


Ana's Wimbledon first round match against Lucie Hradecka is scheduled as the fourth of the day on Tuesday. It is expected to begin sometime after 5pm local time (6pm Central European Time; 12pm Eastern Time). Click here for live point-by-point scoring from the All England Club.

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