I felt good on my shots yesterday

I felt good on my shots yesterday

Ana faces Stephanie Foretz in the second round tomorrow and is confident of making further progress here at Wimbledon. She beat the Frenchwoman, who is seven years her elder, in the first round of the French Open last month.

“It’s definitely going to be a tough match,” said Ana. “Grass is always strange, but I feel very confident. I felt good on my shots yesterday [against Douchevina] and I’m looking forward to the next match. I just want to go out there and play my best tennis.”

Ana’s chances of progressing even further were enhanced yesterday by the shock defeat of Justine Henin-Hardenne, who would have been a possible fourth round opponent for the 17-year-old. Not that Ana was paying any attention to that result. “I was not thinking about that because I knew I had a tough match,” she said.

“On grass it’s really tough to say who is favourite. You just try to play your best game and concentrate because there are quite a lot of bad bounces – you have to be focused.”

Ana will maintain her concentration today in the ladies doubles competition, where she lines up alongside Slovenian Tina Krizan. They face the Italian pair of Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta in the first round.

Ana is staying in a house close to Wimbledon with her family. “It’s a very nice city,” she said. “Two weeks ago I was here practicing before Eastbourne. I had a chance to visit [central London] and it’s a really nice city. I’m really enjoying being here.

The British tabloids are clearly enjoying Ana’s presence too. Even before she had struck a ball in this year’s competition The Daily Mail featured her as a player to watch.

“I saw a few [newspapers],” she said. “I feel really pleased. It’s really nice to see people interested [in me].”

By Gavin Versi