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“I’m going to try and play my game,” said Ana about her third round clash with Alona Bondarenko, which is scheduled to take place today (Sunday) at 10am local time (4pm CET) on Court One. Ana has never before played the 21-year-old Ukrainian, who beat No.23 seed Annabel Medina Garrigues 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the last round.
The 18-year-old was particularly pleased with her 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 win over Iveta Benesova in her opening match because it had been such a tense encounter. She fell a break behind at the beginning of the final set but then found her best form.
“I’m really happy because in the first game of the third set I didn’t play really good, then on her serve she had 40-15, but since then I played really good tennis. I’m really happy with that.”
“It definitely gives much more self-confidence,” added Ana when asked if it was especially satisfying to win in three sets after last week’s narrow defeat to Elena Dementieva.
Bondarenko, who is a keen chess player, is the current world No.95. Her best result on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour so far is an appearance in the Hyderabad Open in India last year. Having won the ITF Women’s Circuit Orange event last week, then qualified here, she is currently on a nine-match winning streak.
“It will be important to serve well,” Ana said. “I think that serve is very important here on the fast surface. I think it’s up to me to get into the court and play my best tennis.”
It will be a busy day for Ana: she plays her first round doubles match alongside Sania Mirza in the early evening. The pair face Italians Maria Elena Camerin and Tathiana Garbin on Court 7.
By Gavin Versi
We plan to bring you live game-by-game text commentary of Ana's match against Bondarenko. A full report and audio interview will be published later in the day.