Ana happy with start

Ana happy with start

After her 6-0 7-6 first round victory over Melinda Czink, Ana was in hopeful mood about the fortnight ahead and her grasscourt form, following her brilliant run at Roland Garros.

"My serve, it's working really well at the moment. I worked a lot on it. I'm improving my volleys. But it's a different game than on the clay. It's important for every player to adjust the best they can. I think I can do well."

She added: "Mentally I'm still a little tired from Paris, but I am just trying to stay positive and try and relax as much as I can."

On the match itself, Ana was very pleased with her performance, although she admitted the rain break probably came at a good time.

She said: "I started a very good match. I think I played some really good tennis. But then she started being much more aggressive. I didn't adjust to that really quickly. I was more trying to still just put the ball in, and she used that opportunity.

"But, I mean, it [the rain delay] helped me a lot because I could take some time and realize what I'm doing wrong. Then from the first moment when I was back on the court I could step forward more and be more aggressive again."

Ana continued: "She raised her level in the second set. She played some really good tennis, tried to put a lot of pressure on me. But I felt in the tiebreak I played really well. It was important to stay there and show her that I was ready to fight for every point, to put pressure on her, to come up with some good shots.

"My serve helped me a lot today. I managed to hold most of my service games. I think that was the important part of today's match."

As always, Ana modestly refused to look too far ahead: "I actually haven't looked at the draw at all. I just know for my second round now. I just want to enjoy each match, not think too much about the future."

Unfortunately for Ana, an enthusiastic reporter informed her of her likely opponents in both the quarter-finals and last four - Amelie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova!

"Anyone can beat anyone," said Ana. "It's just important to take it step by step and enjoy it. I feel good at grass. I feel good here in London. Obviously, I want to do well. I'm going to give it a shot."

By Duncan McKay

Ana's second round match against Meilen Tu is scheduled to start at 11am on Thursday (6am Eastern Time) on Court 13. She is also scheduled to play her first round doubles match alongside Daniela Hantucova. The pair have been drawn to face third seeds Yung-Jan Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang of Taipei in the fourth match of the day on Court 13. Click here for live point-by-point scoring and click here to listen to Radio Wimbledon

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