Thailand's Tamarine banks on Wimbledon 'wow' factor
LONDON (AFP) — Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn hopes the Wimbledon 'wow' factor will help her reach the second week at the All England Club.
Tamarine, 31, has always been inspired by the historic atmosphere of the grasscourt Grand Slam and those positive vibes helped her stun Russian 13th seed Vera Zvonareva in the second round.
Now the world number 60 has a chance to reach the fourth round for the seventh time if she can defeat New Zealand's Marina Erakovic.
Tamarine will be a slight under-dog against the in-form Kiwi but she admitted it was hard to stop thinking about the possibility of a run to the quarter-finals for the first time.
"I think it's my favourite tournament. When you come here you have the 'wow' feeling because it's the most historic," she said. "All the great champions have been here and England was the first country to play this sport.
"It's a real honour. It's every player's dream to be here at Wimbledon. I still have the feeling every year. I don't know why. I'm just always happy to be here. This is the real tennis.
"I would be so happy to make it to the quarter-finals. Everytime I lost in the first round I've been so disappointed, but this year I just thought I should be happy to even get to the second week.
"To go further than that would be amazing. But I just want to concentrate on my game in each match. As you get further in the tournament everyone you play is going to be good on grass."
Erakovic, ranked 53rd in the world, has been in good form on grass this year and beat Tamarine in their only previous meeting. But the 20-year-old is in her first Wimbledon and Tamarine hopes her extra experience will prove decisive.
"I played her once before in a Challenger indoors and lost in three sets," Tamarine said. "She's been playing very well on grass. She won Surbiton and was in the semi-final in Birmingham.
"She's a young one and very talented. It's going to be a tough match. She's got a big serve and good strokes. I just need to use my experience."
While Tamarine will give plenty of consideration to her next opponent, she knows how important it is to relax between matches and cure her home sickness.
"I like to sit back in my couch and watch movies when I'm not playing," she added. "I brought some Thai television series with me because I miss home!"