Ana looks forward to Mauresmo clash

Ana looks forward to Mauresmo clash

Ana will take on top seed and world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo for the seventh time in her short career tomorrow. The match will take place on Court 1 at sometime after 2.45pm local time (3.45pm Central European Time).

“I’ve played her a lot of times,” said Ana about the Frenchwoman, who has dropped just nine games in her opening three matches and looks to be at her best. “She’s definitely a great player.

“I feel that I know how to play against her and it’s important to stay focussed and concentrate. I think I have a pretty good chance. I think the grass will really suit her slice but I am feeling good on these courts.”

Mauresmo leads the head-to-head series 4-2. Ana’s two wins came at the French Open last year and in Sydney in January. Remarkably, given the infancy of Ana’s career, after tomorrow’s match the pair will have played each other at three of the four Grand Slams.

Looking ahead to the match, Mauresmo said: “It’s going to be a big test. She’s one of the newcomers on the tour. She hits the ball pretty hard on both sides and serves very well also.”

Ana’s three set win over Dinara Safina yesterday was her first over a player ranked higher than her since she beat Patty Schnyder in Warsaw two months ago. It was also one of Ana’s finest ever comebacks.

Afterwards, Ana paid tribute to the crowd, who clearly favoured her. “They helped me a lot, especially in the second set,” she said. “Definitely it helps a lot. It’s very nice to see you have so many supporters and people that admire you.”

The fourth round match follows the men’s singles tie between Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer on Court 1 tomorrow (Monday). Ana is pleased to be appearing on such a grand arena. “It’s very exciting – playing in the big courts with the crowd. That’s also what gives you confidence and energy.”

By Gavin Versi
photo: © Stephanie Morel