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Ana takes on world No.19 Sabine Lisicki in the third round of The Championships on Saturday. It will be the just the second meeting between the pair.
Ana won their first encounter, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart earlier this year. However, that match was on clay, which appears to be the German’s weakest surface.
24-year-old Lisicki, with her big serve and dangerous forehand, reached the Wimbledon final 12 months ago, where she lost to Marion Bartoli. En route she beat 17-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.
This season Lisicki has been beset by injury troubles, retiring or withdrawing no fewer than four times already. However, she appears to be in fine form in London: she won her opening match against Julia Glushko 6-2, 6-1, and followed that up with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Karolina Pliskova in round two.
“She’s a very dangerous opponent who plays really well on grass,” said Ana.
“Obviously her biggest strengths are her serve and her forehand. I’m sure it will be a battle to control the rallies and I hope to come out on top. If I step back she will dominate, so it’s essential that I continue to be aggressive, like I was in the second set against Zheng.”
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