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Ana battled through to her first Wimbledon quarter-final with a gutsy 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory over world No.9 Nadia Petrova in a match three times interrupted by rain. The teenager sealed a thrilling win in an hour and 57 minutes.
It was another 11am start for Ana, but given the circumstances of the day, this was definitely a blessing in disguise. Sticking nicely to the pattern of her Wimbledon campaign so far, the teenager raced into an early lead, serving powerfully to take the first game.
Ana received a surprise when she was interviewed by Radio Wimbledon last week - the reporter asked her out on a date! Click here to listen to the six-minute audio clip.
Ana's Wimbledon fourth round match against Nadia Petrova is scheduled as the first on Court 2 on Tuesday. It will begin at 11am local time (6am Eastern Time), weather permitting - the forecast is for rain.
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Ana cruised into the fourth round with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over Aravane Rezai in a tricky rain-hit encounter. The 19-year-old triumphed in 77 minutes, split over three days, to move into the fourth round for the second successive year.
It won't be too often in her career that Ana takes three days to finish a match, but such was the case today due to a combination of both traditional Wimbledon weather and the middle Sunday break! So let us rewind back 48 hours to begin the story of the match...
Ana led Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai 6-3 when rain forced the suspension of their third round match.
Persistent rain at the All England Club caused the match to be delayed by several hours.
Ana started brightly and broke the world No.60 to take a 2-0 lead.
Rezai showed her flashy strokes and earned a break point later in the set that Ana saved.
The sixth seed was concerned at the safety of the slippery court surface and looked content when play was suspended.
After her 6-4 ,6-3 victory over Meilen Tu Ana was quick to praise her opponent for the testing challenge she had provided: "It was a very tough match for me," she said. "I don't know how much the score indicates that, but it was a fight. She played really well today. We had lot of long rallies. It was tough."
Ana eased into round three of her Wimbledon campaign with a solid 6-4 6-3 victory over American Meilen Tu in 84 minutes.
It may have been an unusual 11am start at SW19 today, but like yesterday there was no sleepy start from Ana as she raced into an early lead, Tu charitably netting a simple midcourt ball on break point.
Ana then consolidated her lead to 2-0, although not without an early scare: she had to save two break points with a nice wide serve and short slice combination, and another with an ace out wide.
After her 6-0 7-6 first round victory over Melinda Czink, Ana was in hopeful mood about the fortnight ahead and her grasscourt form, following her brilliant run at Roland Garros.
"My serve, it's working really well at the moment. I worked a lot on it. I'm improving my volleys. But it's a different game than on the clay. It's important for every player to adjust the best they can. I think I can do well."
Ana smoothly progressed to the second round of the Championships with a 6-0 7-6 (7-3) victory over Hungarian Melinda Czink in 84 minutes.
It was a packed Court 18 that greeted Ana in the first match of her Wimbledon campaign, and she showed little sign of rustiness, racing quickly into a 2-0 lead after breaking Czink in the second game.
Ana's typically powerful serving and forceful grounstrokes dominated the unsettled Hungarian, and the first set was wrapped up 6-0 in just 19 minutes after another misfired forehand from Czink sailed long.
Ana's first round match against Melinda Czink is scheduled to take place at 12pm local time (7am Eastern Time) on Court 18 on Wednesday. The tie was originally scheduled as last of the day on Tuesday but was mysteriously cancelled - and replaced with a men's match.
Ana has a 2-0 head-to-head record against Czink. She beat the Hungarian world No.133 in qualifying in Canberra two-and-a-half years ago by a scoreline of 6-1, 6-3. Bizarrely, after Czink entered the draw as a lucky loser, they met again in the final. This time Ana beat the 24-year-old 7-5, 6-1.