Wimbledon 2005 retrospective

Wimbledon 2005 retrospective

With The Championships beginning on Monday, we take a look back at Ana’s performances at the All England Club last year

Round one – beat Vera Dushevina 6-4, 6-3
Despite being seeded 19 for her first senior Wimbledon, Ana was handed a tricky opening match against world No.37 Vera Dushevina, who had reached the Eastbourne final the previous week.

Ana had been forced to miss Eastbourne due to a minor back injury, so this was her first appearance since losing in the quarter-finals of the French Open. It was a remarkably sharp start by Ana, who raced into a 3-0 lead in a match that didn’t begin until 7.30pm.

Using her forehand to dominate most rallies, Ana gave an impressive performance and sealed victory after an hour and 15 minutes. “I’m pretty happy with how I played,” she said afterwards.

Round two – beat Stephanie Foretz 6-4, 6-3
Ana had played the Frenchwoman at Roland Garros just a month earlier and scored another straight sets win – a carbon copy of her first round scoreline – thanks to another display of sharpness and power.

Foretz played far above her world ranking of 116, trading huge forehands with Ana and serving superbly. Ana had to raise her game to withstand the onslaught. She demonstrated great composure, twice recovering from 0-40 deficits on her serve to clinch victory after 74 minutes.

30 winners and just 11 unforced errors were some of Ana’s most impressive statistics of the year. “I think I played really well,” said Ana, who produced the fastest serve of the Championships and the second quickest of the season, a 123mph howitzer.

Round three – lost to Mary Pierce 6-1, 6-4
Ana ran into a player at the top of her game on the middle Saturday. Pierce overwhelmed Ana from the beginning, dominating the opening set and grabbing a crucial break at the start of the second. It was only then that Ana was able to get a foothold in the match, but the Frenchwoman was unrelenting, allowing Ana just two break point opportunities all match.

“She didn’t give me any chances,” said Ana, who was unable to serve as well as she had done in the opening rounds, and was perhaps a little too conservative with her strategy at the beginning of the match.

Typically, Ana was not too upset and took heart from her first two matches. “She played really well so I have nothing to be disappointed about,” said the teenager.

By Gavin Versi