Ana surfing the net

Ana surfing the net

Despite losing 7-5, 6-2 to world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo yesterday, Ana was pleased with the progress she is making with her net play, an area of her game she has been working hard on in practice. Ana made 24 visits to the net and volleyed confidently.

“I feel much more confident at the net at the moment,” said Ana. “When I had the chance to play volleys I think it went well so I’m happy about this part of my game in the match.”

The 18-year-old won only 42 per cent of points at the net, but that was largely due to the brilliance of the world No.1, who produced four exquisite tops spin lobs and several fizzing passing shots.

The opportunity to test herself against the best player in the world was one that Ana relished. “I enjoyed it a lot today,” she said. “I was trying to stay positive the whole match and fight until the last point. I really thought I had a chance to come back, even when I was 5-2 down, but she served an unbelievable last game.

“It was a lot of fun. I’m still young, I have a lot of things to improve. This was a good experience. It’s the first time I played against the No.1 player and I’m looking forward to improving.”

It was a busy evening for Ana, who only received an hour’s rest between her singles and doubles matches: she and Sania Mirza beat Kveta Peschke and Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 6-3. “I think we played a great match,” said Ana.

“I tried to really go for my volleys and it worked really well. I think we were both moving well at the net. That’s important – to get into the court, even if we make mistakes.

“This is our first time playing doubles so we are still getting to know each other. It’s working well.”

The pair will play eighth seeds Shinobu Asagoe and Katarina Srebotnik in the quarter-finals.

By Gavin Versi