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O'Brien hoping to make progress

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O'Brien feeling calm ahead of first round

By Phil Maiden at Wimbledon

East Yorkshire's 23-year-old British number three Katie O'Brien has said she is confident of making progress at Wimbledon this year.

She faces the Czech world number 35 Iveta Benesova at 1200 BST on Tuesday.

World number 108 O'Brien told BBC Sport: "I've played her once before, in Rome last year but I think the courts at Wimbledon will suit me much better.

"Having home advantage will work in my favour. I think I'm in the best form I've ever been in."

O'Brien, whose greatest achievement so far at Wimbledon was reaching the second round in 2007, added: "This year I'm looking forward to it.

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"Things have been going really well in practice, so I'm just going to go out there and compete as hard as I can."

And the Beverley woman, who was knocked out in the first round of the French Open, is remaining calm going into this year's event following an early exit last year.

"I've been here a number of years now," she said. "And I think I've maybe been a little bit nervous and stressed about the whole occasion.

"It could be a better draw, it could be a worse draw, all matches are going to be tough."



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