Wilander hails Ana

Wilander hails Ana

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander has given a ringing endorsement of Ana’s credentials. Speaking exclusively to this website, the Swede said: “I think she’s great. It’s a matter of her breaking through.”

Wilander, who now commentates for Eurosport and ESPN, continued: “I commentated on her match against [Amelie] Mauresmo at the French Open last year. I think for her the challenge is not mental or stroke-wise, it’s a matter of whether she can move as well as the other girls.

“She’s a big, strong girl, and not in any way does she have too much weight, but she has to back up that muscle mass with great footwork.

“From the outside she looks like one of the few girls that is not scared to get into tight situations. She actually likes it and does it with a smile on her face. She plays a very free style of tennis and she’s just going to get better and better, that’s for sure.”

Interview by Gavin Versi