Ana moves into round three

Ana moves into round three

Ana is through to the third round of Wimbledon. She produced a polished display to see off the challenge of Frenchwoman Stephanie Foretz in a 6-4, 6-3 victory. Despite her world ranking of 116 the 24-year-old provided firm resistance and Ana had to show a lot of nerve to progress in straight sets.

“I think I played really well,” said Ana. “I felt my strokes were good and I was getting into the court.”

Ana played the big points superbly well. She twice recovered from 0-40 deficits on her serve and saved all ten of the break points that she faced. “It really meant much to me and gave me confidence for the second set,” she said.

“On all the break points I don’t think she made any mistakes. I played really well these points. That’s what gives me self-confidence. I think that to play your best tennis at important moments makes the difference between players.”

Both players sought to take the game to one another. Foretz, whom Ana overcame 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the French Open last month, made a positive start. Like Ana, she attempted to control rallies with her big forehand. Serve matched serve for eight games until Ana won a decisive break in the ninth game.

However, Foretz won herself four break back points as Ana served for the opening set but the Serbian saved them all and moved ahead 6-4.

Lengthy rallies were at a premium but Ana’s greater consistency and ability to produce big serves when she needed to put pressure on Foretz, whose 23 unforced errors compared unfavourably to Ana’s tally of just 11.

Ana hit 30 winners in total. Many of them were on serve but she also used her bombastic forehand to great effect to seize a key break in the fifth game of the second set. Despite facing a glut of break back points in the very next game – just as she had in the opening set – Ana held on to move 5-3 ahead and a poor final service game by Foretz spared Ana the task of serving it out.

“It was a really tough match. It was much tougher than Paris,” said Ana, who wrapped up victory in 74 minutes.

“She’s a very good player, especially on grass. She has a very good serve so put me under pressure. But I could still hold my serve and at some stages put her under pressure with my returns.”

By Gavin Versi