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From watching her, what kind of potential do you think she has?
if only there were more grass tourns
this win is gonna lift her towards top 400
she hasnt played much on circuit either, plus she's not too bad on hard courts either.
top 200 maybe but who knows for sure, she's got some good coaches now at LTA to help.

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Re: Anna Fitzpatrick Cheering Thread

a BBC feature on Anna at Roehampton
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Road to Wimbledon

Fitzpatrick will be playing in the junior event at Wimbledon

With Wimbledon looming the BBC Sport website will be following the progress of Briton Anna Fitzpatrick through qualifying and at The Championships themselves.
The 18-year-old from Sheffield is currently ranked 489 in the world, 15 in Britain and trains at the Monte Carlo Tennis Academy.
She is already assured of a place at Wimbledon's junior event and after winning two matches in the LTA play-offs last week she earned a wildcard into the qualifying rounds for the women's singles.
UPDATE: Anna beat Japan's Junri Namigata 7-5 6-0 on Tuesday and is now two wins from a place in the main draw.
"I'm pleased to win convincingly in my first match but now I must move forward to the next match and not be content," she said.


"I'm definitely excited about playing in my first Wimbledon," says Fitzpatrick.
"Last year I played qualifying for the junior event at Roehampton but lost in the final round. This time, it's especially rewarding because I had to win some matches to earn my wildcard, it wasn't just handed to me.
"I was really happy - and pretty surprised - after my second win in the play-offs and I was told my next match would be in Wimbledon qualifying.
"Even though I only had to win two matches, they were both tough and I felt like I'd earned it.
"Over the past few weeks on the grass, I proved that I can compete and be tough at this level, so I'm really looking forward to putting my game on the court and seeing how it hurts people at the top.


I want to be getting into the main draws through my ranking and not through wildcards as soon as possible



"Being part of the Monte-Carlo Tennis Academy and having the famous Country Club as a base is fantastic, and I think that will help when it comes to playing at big tournaments such as Wimbledon.
"Training regularly at a Masters Series club shows you that it's no big deal. When you travel a lot, you get used to working hard in different environments and you realise that a tennis court is a tennis court, wherever it is in the world.
"Monte Carlo is also the base for a number of top professionals such as Novak Djokovic, Ivan Ljubicic, Jonas Bjorkman, Thomas Johansson, Justine Henin and Daniela Hantuchova, so I get the opportunity to watch them practise on court and see them train in the gym, which is a great learning experience.
"I want to become a Grand Slam champion like some of them, and that is always at the back of my mind, but for now, I'm just concentrating on improving my game every time I step on a court.
"I want to be getting into the main draws through my ranking and not through wildcards as soon as possible, but that could be next year, the year after or three years from now.
"Because this will be my first senior Grand Slam, I don't have any expectations going into the tournament.
"There would be too many things to take into consideration, like who I'm going to play and how I'll be feeling on match day. I like to take each match as it comes and keep my head in the present.
"I went to Wimbledon for the first time in 1998 having travelled down from Sheffield with my parents and my friend Joe.
"We all stayed in a tent overnight, apart from my mum who got too cold so she slept in the car.
"Before we left Sheffield, my mum had supposedly sprayed the tent to make it waterproof, but I think she made that up because it rained so heavily that night, all our clothes and sleeping bags got completely soaked!
"I loved watching Pete Sampras, he was the best player in the world when I was growing up. I liked to watch Pat Rafter, too.
"I told my coach the other day that I didn't know why I liked to watch him, and in the end we concluded that it was because I thought he was fit!
"I also admired Martina Hingis, she never looked rushed when she played and also had excellent timing.
"To play at Wimbledon, where they were all so successful, will be very special." Anna will be returning later in the week to let us know how her qualifying campaign went and look ahead to the start of The Championships.

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Re: Anna Fitzpatrick Cheering Thread

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if only there were more grass tourns
this win is gonna lift her towards top 400
she hasnt played much on circuit either, plus she's not too bad on hard courts either.
top 200 maybe but who knows for sure, she's got some good coaches now at LTA to help.
Ah. Thanks!

Hope the coaches help her grow as a player and it will show in her rankings.
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a BBC feature on Anna at Roehampton
more tomorrow



Road to Wimbledon

Fitzpatrick will be playing in the junior event at Wimbledon

With Wimbledon looming the BBC Sport website will be following the progress of Briton Anna Fitzpatrick through qualifying and at The Championships themselves.
The 18-year-old from Sheffield is currently ranked 489 in the world, 15 in Britain and trains at the Monte Carlo Tennis Academy.
She is already assured of a place at Wimbledon's junior event and after winning two matches in the LTA play-offs last week she earned a wildcard into the qualifying rounds for the women's singles.
UPDATE: Anna beat Japan's Junri Namigata 7-5 6-0 on Tuesday and is now two wins from a place in the main draw.
"I'm pleased to win convincingly in my first match but now I must move forward to the next match and not be content," she said.


"I'm definitely excited about playing in my first Wimbledon," says Fitzpatrick.
"Last year I played qualifying for the junior event at Roehampton but lost in the final round. This time, it's especially rewarding because I had to win some matches to earn my wildcard, it wasn't just handed to me.
"I was really happy - and pretty surprised - after my second win in the play-offs and I was told my next match would be in Wimbledon qualifying.
"Even though I only had to win two matches, they were both tough and I felt like I'd earned it.
"Over the past few weeks on the grass, I proved that I can compete and be tough at this level, so I'm really looking forward to putting my game on the court and seeing how it hurts people at the top.


I want to be getting into the main draws through my ranking and not through wildcards as soon as possible



"Being part of the Monte-Carlo Tennis Academy and having the famous Country Club as a base is fantastic, and I think that will help when it comes to playing at big tournaments such as Wimbledon.
"Training regularly at a Masters Series club shows you that it's no big deal. When you travel a lot, you get used to working hard in different environments and you realise that a tennis court is a tennis court, wherever it is in the world.
"Monte Carlo is also the base for a number of top professionals such as Novak Djokovic, Ivan Ljubicic, Jonas Bjorkman, Thomas Johansson, Justine Henin and Daniela Hantuchova, so I get the opportunity to watch them practise on court and see them train in the gym, which is a great learning experience.
"I want to become a Grand Slam champion like some of them, and that is always at the back of my mind, but for now, I'm just concentrating on improving my game every time I step on a court.
"I want to be getting into the main draws through my ranking and not through wildcards as soon as possible, but that could be next year, the year after or three years from now.
"Because this will be my first senior Grand Slam, I don't have any expectations going into the tournament.
"There would be too many things to take into consideration, like who I'm going to play and how I'll be feeling on match day. I like to take each match as it comes and keep my head in the present.
"I went to Wimbledon for the first time in 1998 having travelled down from Sheffield with my parents and my friend Joe.
"We all stayed in a tent overnight, apart from my mum who got too cold so she slept in the car.
"Before we left Sheffield, my mum had supposedly sprayed the tent to make it waterproof, but I think she made that up because it rained so heavily that night, all our clothes and sleeping bags got completely soaked!
"I loved watching Pete Sampras, he was the best player in the world when I was growing up. I liked to watch Pat Rafter, too.
"I told my coach the other day that I didn't know why I liked to watch him, and in the end we concluded that it was because I thought he was fit!
"I also admired Martina Hingis, she never looked rushed when she played and also had excellent timing.
"To play at Wimbledon, where they were all so successful, will be very special." Anna will be returning later in the week to let us know how her qualifying campaign went and look ahead to the start of The Championships.


She seems like a nice girl.

It's great that she's getting this exposure and she's also not content in just taking WCs and she's willing to earn it.
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Good luck to her tomorrow!
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good luck Anna vs Mathilde Johansson

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Anna lost 6-1 6-2.

So both Sorana and Anna lost today.
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I'm watching Anna's match right now on Wimbledon live against the 4th seed and she's quite aggressive, going for her shots a lot. Her groundstrokes are nice and so is her serve. Her opponent isn't being very aggressive at the moment and it's helping Anna.

So far, a nice quality match.
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Milevskaya is playing quite well now. I hope Anna ups her game.
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Double faulting at 30-30
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Good serve from Fitzpatrick saves the break point.
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Some great shots full of power and placement saves the second breakpoint.
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Another double fault from Anna gives Milevskaya another break point chance.
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Finally, advantage Fitzpatrick.
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She holds and it's now 3-3.

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