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It is official, Ana fired the women's game fastest serve on wimbledon this year. Ana clocked 123 mph (196 km/h) in her second round match against Stephanie Foretz (FRA). Ana is ahead of Venus Williams (121 mph), Elena Baltacha (121 mph), Justine Henin-Hardenne (118 mph) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (117 mph).
Venus recorded the fastest serve in the WTA Tour history (128 mph) at the 1998 Zurich tournament.
Ana’s Wimbledon campaign came to an end when she and her Slovenian partner, Tina Krizan, were beaten 1-6, 3-6 by 4th seeds Nadia Petrova (RUS) and Meghann Shaughnessy (USA).
Ana had earlier lost in the singles third round.
Ana was not overly disappointed to exit Wimbledon at the third round stage. It was, after all, only her third grand slam as a senior player and she has dozens more ahead of her.
“She played really well so I have nothing to be disappointed about,” said Ana of her defeat by Mary Pierce. “This is a good result for me. This is my first year that I play grand slams and compete at this level so I’m really happy.”
Ana’s Wimbledon run came to an end today when she lost 6-1, 6-4 to Frenchwoman Mary Pierce. Ana did not play badly, rather her vastly more experienced opponent was simply too good.
“It was a good fight but today she played really good,” said Ana. “She didn’t give me too many chances. I had a few but I didn’t use them. I had a few mishits on some important points and I think that’s what turned the match. My serve didn’t work really well today. I think that was one of the points.”
Mary Pierce is into the last 16 with a 6-1 6-4 win over Ana.
The Frenchwoman broke Ana in the fourth and sixth games and, after squandering two set points in the seventh, served out the set.
Ana battled to get back into the match, but Pierce took control of the second set with a break in the fifth.
The world number 14 then served out the encounter at the first opportunity.
Mary Pierce stands in the way of Ana and an appearance in the second week of Wimbledon. The pair have never played each other before and Ana is expecting another stern test.
“Pierce is a great player, very experienced,” said Ana. “She played in the final in Paris [the French Open]. It’s going to be a tough match and I’m looking forward to playing my best game and trying to win.”
Ana is in doubles action again today. Alongside Tina Krizan she faces 14th seeds Eleni Daniilidou and Nicole Pratt. Ana is happy to be playing in the doubles competition.
Ana was back in doubles action today. Ana and Tina won their second round match against the 14th seeds Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) and Nicole Pratt (AUS) 6:3, 6:1. They will play Nadia Petrova (RUS) and Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) in the third round.
Hunters of the Ladies' Singles title beware. A teenage Serb is on the prowl and her ferocity so far hasn't spared anyone. On the contrary, with every scalp her appetite seems to be increasing.
On Court 13 today, Ana Ivanovic, the 17-year-old star from Serbia-Montenegro, sent out another winning roar. This time her prey was Stephanie Foretz of France. And again it was a straight sets affair, 6-4, 6-3.
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 and Tina Krizan posted a straight set victory (6:2, 6:4) in the first round against Flavia Pennetta (ITA) and Francesca Schiavone (ITA).
In the second round, Ana and Tina will play the 14th seed Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) and Nicole Pratt (AUS).
Ana’s second round singles match against Stephanie Foretz (FRA) is scheduled as the second match on Court Number 13.