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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 July 2007, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK
Road to Wimbledon part five
Anna Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick is playing in her last ever junior event

Anna Fitzpatrick is the last remaining Briton in the girls' singles at Wimbledon, and the BBC Sport website has been following her progress.

The 18-year-old from Sheffield is currently ranked 489 in the world, 15 in Britain, and trains at the Monte Carlo Tennis Academy.

On a hectic Friday, she beat 13th seed Ksenia Lykina and Gail Brodsky to reach the singles semi-finals, before teaming up with Jade Curtis to reach the doubles second round.


"It's late on Friday night and I've just had a great day - winning both my third round and quarter-final matches in the singles to reach the semis on Saturday, and then winning my first-round doubles match with Jade Curtis!

"I'm quite tired, I'm going to get a massage and go straight to bed.

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"In my singles matches I played pretty well. I wasn't very energetic in the first set of the doubles, but I got better as it went on.

"After my first singles I didn't realise I was going to have to play singles again the same day, so it was a bit of shock when they told me half an hour later that I had to play my quarter-final!

"So, I went and ate something, got ready, spoke to my Monte Carlo Tennis Academy coaches and went out there again and managed to win 6-2 7-5.

Anna Fitzpatrick
Sometimes my brothers just call me 'girl' or 'it'

"The day before, after I won in the second round, I had done a few interviews, but after the quarter-finals I was put in the big interview room. I quite liked it, it was good fun.

"They kept asking me about the nicknames that my three brothers gave me - 'Fat Bloke' because I'm so slim, and 'Big Nuts' because they reckon I'm gutsy on the court.

"At least there are reasons behind those nicknames. Sometimes they just call me 'girl' or 'it'.

"I'm a bit tired now, but I'll be fine tomorrow. I'll be fully recovered and ready to go again.

"It's obviously good to be in the semis, but I don't want to stop there.

"Obviously you have to take it one match at a time, and I can't think about a final unless I get there, but I came to win the title, and that's what I'm going to try to do.

"I will let you know what happens.....

Ciao,
Anna


SEE ALSO
Road to Wimbledon part four
05 Jul 07 |  Tennis
Road to Wimbledon part three
02 Jul 07 |  Tennis
Road to Wimbledon part two
22 Jun 07 |  Tennis
Road to Wimbledon part one
20 Jun 07 |  Tennis


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