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Ana grateful for lucky escape

sports Updated: Jun 26, 2008 22:55 IST

Top seed Ana Ivanovic said she could hardly believe her luck as a fortuitous netcord helped the new world No. 1 avoid a humiliating second-round exit. Her experienced French opponent Nathalie Dechy was poised at match point at 5-4 in the second set of Wednesday's match, when Ivanovic smashed a forehand that seemed to hang on the net before dropping just inside Dechy's court.

“I felt like time stopped for a moment... Then the ball hit the net and it was in the air for a couple of seconds. It was moving away, so I thought maybe even it will go out.

“I just thought the match would be over. I just felt so, so lucky.”

Parents warned to ease children's tennis stress

The mother of Britain's top tennis player has warned over-zealous parents not to relive their thwarted dreams through their children.

For Judy Murray, a former Scottish national coach, knows all about pressure. Her 21-year-old son Andy has the weight of a nation's expectations on his shoulders at Wimbledon where a British man has not won the title for 72 years. “I have seen some horrible examples of verbal and physical abuse of younger players,” Judy Murray said.