Ana through to round two

Ana through to round two

It was not the prettiest of performances, but Ana is into the second round of the Championships after beating Emmanuelle Gagliardi 7-5, 7-6.

“It was a strange match,” said Ana. “There were many breaks of serve and she was playing very well. I am just happy that I took my chances. It definitely wasn’t my best tennis but the important thing is that I won and I am in the next round.”

Ana’s second round opponent is Sarah Borwell. The Briton, who is ranked 249, surprisingly beat Poland’s Marta Domachowska today.

Ana began slowly and fell 3-0 behind as Gagliardi played some smart grass court tennis, hitting the ball flatly and without much pace. Ana took a long time to settle into her rhythm and struggled to generate her own power. What’s more, she failed to make many first serves. “I need to improve my serve for the next match,” she said.

Ana broke back but, when serving at 4-2, she required treatment for a minor respiratory problem, which is a result of low sugar levels. Ana suffered the same ailment during her victory over Amelie Mauresmo at the French Open last year.

“It happens very occasionally,” said Ana. “It wasn’t serious, I was never in danger of not completing the match. I am seeing a doctor about it and hopefully it won’t be a problem again.”

The treatment certainly helped, as Ana returned and held serve before breaking to level at 4-4. It was still far from her best tennis but Ana started to use her forehand to greater effect and, despite facing further pressure on her serve, clinched the opening set 7-5.

The first six games of the second set were all service breaks before Ana held, broke again and served for the match at 5-3. However, she lost her concentration when her cap came off during her service motion when match point up, and was broken. She eventually won the set 7-4 on a tiebreak.

“I am happy that I was able to fight,” Ana said. “Sometimes you have to win matches when you are not playing so well. I am pleased I did that today.

“I don’t know much about my next opponent but she must be playing really well if she beat Domachowska. It is not a problem physically to play two days in a row but sometimes it is mentally. I’m going to relax tonight and have an easy evening at home.”

By Gavin Versi

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