Bogdan stuns Hingis on Centre Court
17-year-old Ana Bogdan shocked the Liverpool International this evening, beating Martina Hingis in straight sets as the tournament came to a close.
The Romanian junior battled through injury and a range of emotions to win 6-4, 6-4 in the biggest match of her career.
“This day is the best day of my life and I won’t forget it.” said Bogdan.
The former junior world number two came into this year’s tournament after two months out with a muscle rupture. As a result, the Romanian struggled to get going in her opening matches, narrowly missing out on qualification for the women’s final.
But her performance here today proved beyond any doubt her billing as one of world’s top young prospects, as she bullied Hingis into an unlikely changing of the guard on Centre Court.
The Romanian held her own in the opening stages but it was a slip in the ninth game that proved the turning point. The fall caused further injury to Bogdan but at 0-30 on the Hingis serve she was determined to carry on. Hingis fought back as the youngster’s movement looked laboured, but the injury forced Bogdan to go on the attack, hitting a succession of winners and keeping the points short.
Her powerful groundstrokes took their toll on an aging Hingis and the Romanian broke for the first time before serving out to win the set 6-4.
The 29-year-old hit back in the second though, almost as if both women began to register the prospect of an upset. Hingis raced into a 4-1 lead but with it crept in complacency and Bogdan took advantage.
The youngster broke back and won three games in a row to level at 4-4, as Bogdan and Centre Court began to believe. The 17-year-old handled her nerves brilliantly and seemed to use her injury as motivation to break for a second time and serve for the match.
In doing so, it would have been natural for the Romanian to falter, but she did anything but, quickly securing three match points before serving out with an ace to win the biggest match of her career.
“It’s a pleasure for me to play against Martina, she was one of the best players in the world and she still is. It’s true that I had a lot of emotions on the court because she is who she is but I just played my best, it was unbelievable.” said Bogdan.
Meanwhile Hingis remained gracious in defeat, praising the youngster’s impressive performance: “She played very well, I had my chances in the second set but I let it go, but she played wonderful. She’ll be here for a while longer that’s for sure.”