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In a memorable match that lasted 115 minutes, Ana beat world No.10 Nicole Vaidisova 4-6 6-2 7-5 after saving three match points. She is now only one step away from reaching her second successive Grand Slam final.
Centre Court’s packed atmosphere did not represent an additional burden for Ana, as the No.6 seed superbly handled her first-ever appearance on Wimbledon’s main stadium.
Ana's quarter-final against world No.10 Nicole Vaidisova is scheduled as the second match on Centre Court today. Play begins at 11am, so Ana is expected to take to the arena no earlier than 12.30pm local time (7.30am Eastern Time), weather permitting.
Ana has played the Czech three times before, including an encounter during their junior days, and she trails the head-to-head series 2-1. It will be Ana's first ever match on Wimbledon's Centre Court.
Last week Ana gave BBC Sport reporter Phil Jones a tour of the some of the player areas at the All England Club. Click here to watch (video opens in your default media player or right-click and "Save Target As" to download).
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Ana described her 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory over world No.9 Nadia Petrova as one of the best wins of her Grand Slam career.
“It was a very tough match today, especially with so many stop and go’s,” she said. “In the first set I played some really good tennis. I was doing everything right. I was hardly making any mistakes. Then we had to stop. When I came back, I lost a little bit of concentration and I felt a little bit empty inside, not so in the fighting spirit.
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."