Ana pleased with Wimbledon campaign

Ana pleased with Wimbledon campaign

Overall, Ana was happy with her Wimbledon performance. She reached the fourth round before losing to top seed Amelie Mauresmo yesterday.

“I think overall it was a good tournament for me,” said Ana. “I had a good win against Safina and I lost to the No.1 player in the world, which is nothing to be too upset about. I tried my best.”

The high point of Ana’s Wimbledon campaign was undoubtedly her three-set win over No.16 seed Dinara Safina. The 18-year-old was 6-4, 4-2 behind before completing a rousing comeback.

It was an important result for Ana, after frustrating missed opportunities against the likes of Elena Dementieva (twice) and Anna Chakvetadze (in the Waraw quarter-finals) in recent months. “It was a satisfying win,” said Ana, whose next scheduled tournament is the Acura Classic in San Diego, which begins on 31 July.

It is interesting to note how enthusiastically world No.1 Mauresmo celebrated her win yesterday. Clearly the 26-year-old, who has twice lost to Ana, was relieved to have beaten the youngster. She let out a scream of delight and pumped her fist, recognising the stern opposition she had faced. “She hits the ball incredibly hard,” Mauresmo later said about the Serbian.

“It’s definitely a very good feeling,” said Ana when asked about Mauresmo’s reaction. “I think it’s not easy for her to play me. It’s good to see she has so much respect and that’s also a motivation for me.”

The match represented Ana’s first ever appearance on one of the two main courts at the All England Club. She savoured the experience.

Ana said: “It was great. It was my first time playing on Court 1 and I’m hoping to have even more matches on such a court next year. Of course I’m disappointed that I lost the match but I’m very happy to have reached the second week for the first time.”

By Gavin Versi