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Ana pleased with Wimbledon campaign Jul 4th 2006

Overall, Ana was happy with her Wimbledon performance. She reached the fourth round before losing to top seed Amelie Mauresmo yesterday.

“I think overall it was a good tournament for me,” said Ana. “I had a good win against Safina and I lost to the No.1 player in the world, which is nothing to be too upset about. I tried my best.”

The high point of Ana’s Wimbledon campaign was undoubtedly her three-set win over No.16 seed Dinara Safina. The 18-year-old was 6-4, 4-2 behind before completing a rousing comeback.

Ana defeated by Mauresmo Jul 3rd 2006

Ana’s Wimbledon came to an end as she was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by top seed Amelie Mauresmo. It was a brilliant display of grass court tennis by the Frenchwoman, who served expertly and attacked the net at just the rights moments during the 68-minute match.

“She was serving really good,” said Ana. “I had problems to return her serves. She was coming into the net a lot and putting pressure on me. Knowing that she was holding serve so well put more pressure on my serve.”

Ana looks forward to Mauresmo clash Jul 3rd 2006

Ana will take on top seed and world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo for the seventh time in her short career tomorrow. The match will take place on Court 1 at sometime after 2.45pm local time (3.45pm Central European Time).

“I’ve played her a lot of times,” said Ana about the Frenchwoman, who has dropped just nine games in her opening three matches and looks to be at her best. “She’s definitely a great player.

Updated: Brilliant win for Ana Jul 1st 2006

Ana reached the second week of Wimbledon for the first time after a superb come-from-behind victory over 14th seed Dinara Safina. Ana triumphed 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 in a highly entertaining encounter on Saturday lunchtime.

At 6-3, 4-2 down Ana was staring defeat in the face but the 18-year-old turned things round spectacularly, cutting out the unforced errors to blitz her opponent with an arsenal of explosive forehands.

Updated: Doubles defeat for Ana and Maria Jun 30th 2006

Ana and Maria Kirienko lost their first round doubles match against Jelena Jankovic and Tina Krizan. The teenagers lost 6-3, 6-4 in what ranks as their most disappointing result of their short partnership.

Ana and Maria had reached two semi-finals and a final in their first three tournaments together so hopes were high, but Jankovic and Krizan, both of whom have played twice as many doubles matches as Ana, proved too strong and won the big points.

Ana said: "It was a very strange match. We just didn’t perform.

Safina next for improved Ana Jun 30th 2006

After safely negotiating opening round matches against players ranked 118 and 249, now the real challenges begin for Ana. She takes on Russian No.14 seed Dinara Safina in the third round tomorrow.

Ana has played the 20-year-old once before: on the clay of Berlin a year ago, when she lost 6-1, 6-4. “I think it’s a little bit of a different situation here,” said Ana. “We’ve both improved. Definitely she’s playing great tennis. I also had very good practice lately.

Updated: Ana breezes into round three Jun 30th 2006

Ana thrashed Britain's Sarah Borwell 6-1, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Championships. In a match lasting just 46 minutes, Ana gave a much improved performance on her first round showing, blasting 22 winners and making just 12 unforced errors.

“It was quite a good match for me,” said Ana. “I was really aggressive, coming into the court. She has a great serve but I managed to play even better returns, which was very important. I’m really happy with the way I played.”

Updated: Ana set for Borwell test Jun 29th 2006

Ana's second round match against Sarah Borwell has been scheduled as the fourth match on Court 18 today. It is expected to begin sometime after 5pm local time (6pm Central European Time).

Ana was not happy with many parts of her game during her 7-5, 7-6 win over Emmanuelle Gagliardi yesterday. She was especially disappointed with her delivery. “I should hurt opponents much more with my serve. I think it has a lot of potential,” she said.

Ana through to round two Jun 28th 2006

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 on third Jun 28th 2006

Ana's first round match against Emmanuelle Gagliardi has been scheduled as the third match on Court 5 tomorrow (Wednesday). It follows the ladies singles match between Lisa Raymond and Yaroslava Shvedova and the men's singles tie between David Ferrer and Simon Stadler.

There is no rain forecast for Wednesday and the match should begin sometime after 3pm local time (4pm Central European Time). Court 5 is one of the smallest arenas at the All England Club: there are no stands, just park bench-style seating.