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Ana’s Wimbledon came to an end as she was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by top seed Amelie Mauresmo. It was a brilliant display of grass court tennis by the Frenchwoman, who served expertly and attacked the net at just the rights moments during the 68-minute match.
“She was serving really good,” said Ana. “I had problems to return her serves. She was coming into the net a lot and putting pressure on me. Knowing that she was holding serve so well put more pressure on my serve.”
Ana will take on top seed and world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo for the seventh time in her short career tomorrow. The match will take place on Court 1 at sometime after 2.45pm local time (3.45pm Central European Time).
“I’ve played her a lot of times,” said Ana about the Frenchwoman, who has dropped just nine games in her opening three matches and looks to be at her best. “She’s definitely a great player.
Ana reached the second week of Wimbledon for the first time after a superb come-from-behind victory over 14th seed Dinara Safina. Ana triumphed 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 in a highly entertaining encounter on Saturday lunchtime.
At 6-3, 4-2 down Ana was staring defeat in the face but the 18-year-old turned things round spectacularly, cutting out the unforced errors to blitz her opponent with an arsenal of explosive forehands.
Ana and Maria Kirienko lost their first round doubles match against Jelena Jankovic and Tina Krizan. The teenagers lost 6-3, 6-4 in what ranks as their most disappointing result of their short partnership.
Ana and Maria had reached two semi-finals and a final in their first three tournaments together so hopes were high, but Jankovic and Krizan, both of whom have played twice as many doubles matches as Ana, proved too strong and won the big points.
Ana said: "It was a very strange match. We just didn’t perform.
After safely negotiating opening round matches against players ranked 118 and 249, now the real challenges begin for Ana. She takes on Russian No.14 seed Dinara Safina in the third round tomorrow.
Ana has played the 20-year-old once before: on the clay of Berlin a year ago, when she lost 6-1, 6-4. “I think it’s a little bit of a different situation here,” said Ana. “We’ve both improved. Definitely she’s playing great tennis. I also had very good practice lately.
Ana thrashed Britain's Sarah Borwell 6-1, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Championships. In a match lasting just 46 minutes, Ana gave a much improved performance on her first round showing, blasting 22 winners and making just 12 unforced errors.
“It was quite a good match for me,” said Ana. “I was really aggressive, coming into the court. She has a great serve but I managed to play even better returns, which was very important. I’m really happy with the way I played.”
Ana's second round match against Sarah Borwell has been scheduled as the fourth match on Court 18 today. It is expected to begin sometime after 5pm local time (6pm Central European Time).
Ana was not happy with many parts of her game during her 7-5, 7-6 win over Emmanuelle Gagliardi yesterday. She was especially disappointed with her delivery. “I should hurt opponents much more with my serve. I think it has a lot of potential,” she said.
It was not the prettiest of performances, but Ana is into the second round of the Championships after beating Emmanuelle Gagliardi 7-5, 7-6.
“It was a strange match,” said Ana. “There were many breaks of serve and she was playing very well. I am just happy that I took my chances. It definitely wasn’t my best tennis but the important thing is that I won and I am in the next round.”
Ana’s second round opponent is Sarah Borwell. The Briton, who is ranked 249, surprisingly beat Poland’s Marta Domachowska today.
Ana's first round match against Emmanuelle Gagliardi has been scheduled as the third match on Court 5 tomorrow (Wednesday). It follows the ladies singles match between Lisa Raymond and Yaroslava Shvedova and the men's singles tie between David Ferrer and Simon Stadler.
There is no rain forecast for Wednesday and the match should begin sometime after 3pm local time (4pm Central European Time). Court 5 is one of the smallest arenas at the All England Club: there are no stands, just park bench-style seating.
Persistent rain on the first day of the Championships, which allowed only 44 minutes of play, means that Ana will not start her round one match until Wednesday at the earliest.
Ana meets Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliardi in round one. You can follow live game-by-game text commentary of the match on this website.