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Ana is intent to play her own game when she meets tenth seed Anastasia Myskina in the third round tomorrow. It will be the 18-year-old’s first ever meeting with the 2004 French Open champion and only the fourth time that she has faced a seeded player at a Grand Slam.
“It’s basically about playing my own game,” said Ana, who beat Emilie Loit 6-1, 6-1 in the second round yesterday. “I have to step into the court. One of the keys will be how many unforced errors and winners I make. I’m going to go out there and enjoy it. I’m going to try and make her adapt to my game, not the other way around.”
24-year-old Myskina has been ranked as high as No.2 in the world and has competed in three Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships. As well as winning here two years ago, the Russian has reached the fourth round or better of seven other Grand Slam events and has 10 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles to her name. There is a vast difference in the experience of the two players, but Myskina will not take Ana lightly.
The Russian, who has dropped just 11 games on her way to round three, said: “I know she’s a great tennis player and she can hit the ball really well. It’s gonna be a tough match.”
Myskina has been consistent this year without setting the Tour on fire. She was a finalist in Istanbul last week, which suggests that she is hitting form at just the right time. “I thought the first set [against Melinda Czink yesterday] was great,” she said, though she described the second set as “a little bit shaky.”
Ana has proved in the last two rounds that she is able to adapt her game to different styles, and Myskina plays a different game to both Loit and Samantha Stosur, whom Ana has beaten so far. Left-handed Loit hit looping forehands to Ana’s backhand, which the Serbian more than matched. Myskina will try to counter-punch and use Ana’s power against her.
Despite the margin of Ana’s victory over Loit, the Frenchwoman believes that the teenager has room for improvement. “I think she can play much better than she did [against me],” she said.
“She’s very powerful. She can serve at 190 kilometres. She has a lot of strength. I’m sure she has a good future.”
By Gavin Versi
The third round match will begin at 11am on Court 1 tomorrow (Saturday). You can follow live game-by-game commentary on this website. A report and audio interview with Ana will follow shortly after completion of the match.