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Looked and learnt: Bremond

French qualifier Severine Bremond picked up tips from Wimbledon greats Pete Sampras and Boris Becker to play her first grand-slam quarter-final this year.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2006 02:29 IST

When it came to learning the nuances of serve and volley tennis, French qualifier Severine Bremond picked up tips from Wimbledon greats Pete Sampras and Boris Becker.

The pair who have won 10 Wimbledon singles titles between them, however, could not prepare Bremond for her first outing on Wimbledon's court one, one of tennis's most famous arenas.

"I learned it (serve and volley tennis) looking at Pete Sampras and Boris Becker on TV when I was 10 years old," the Frenchwoman said on Tuesday following her 6-4 6-4 quarter-final defeat by Belgian third seed Justine Henin-Hardenne.

"I always wanted to play like that. I always loved grass. This year the grass was good for me."

Despite being ranked 129th in the world, the French qualifier knocked out three seeds to reach her first grand slam quarter-final.

Eighth seed Patty Schnyder, 31st seed Gisela Dulko and 18th seed Ai Sugiyama would have all fancied their chances against a player who had never before progressed beyond the second round at one of the four majors.

They were all shown the exit by Bremond.

In the end it took a sleepless night, the imposing surroundings at Wimbledon and the skills of Henin-Hardenne to finally stop Bremond's run.

"It was too much for me the first time... I was not so ready to play like that on this court," said the 26-year-old Bremond.

"I didn't sleep so well but I said to myself 'Okay, what you did is already great, now everything is a bonus so just go and play and do what you can'.

"Justine's wonderful on grass. I knew it was tough but I did my best."

Having proved to herself that she is capable of competing with the best, Bremond hopes to build on her Wimbledon success.

"I will try to learn from what this tournament has given me, and so I'll try to do it next grand slam," Bremond said after pocketing $141,500, the biggest pay cheque of her career.

"It's been a good year for me and now I'm thinking about the U.S. Open and I'm saying, 'okay, it would be good to do the same'."