Anna Brogan

Anna Brogan proud of Wimbledon campaign after qualifying defeat

Anna Brogan expressed huge pride in her Wimbledon campaign after she fell to defeat in the final round of qualifying on Thursday.

Brogan had impressed greatly to reach this stage, playing more matches than most to reach the final round of Wimbledon Qualifying.

The 25-year-old came through the LTA’s Wimbledon Wildcard Playoff to earn her spot in the draw, starting her campaign by beating former junior No.1 Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva.

And she then backed that up by beating fifth seed Diana Shnaider, edging out the talented 19-year-old in straight sets to set up a meeting against Bai Zhuoxuan.

World No.191 Zhuoxuan proved too good on the day, with a 6-3 6-0 victory sending her into the main draw at Wimbledon.

But despite defeat, Brogan still revelled in the experiences gained over the past few days.

She said: “I enjoyed the match a lot. I thought I played well, but I came up against a stronger opponent. 

“I thought Bai played well, she put me under a lot of pressure into the corners, playing deep and playing fast. I feel happy with how I tried my best.

“She was just playing into the corners. Any opportunity that she had to control the point, she was very fast onto the ball. If my quality wasn’t good enough, she would really make me pay for it. 

“I knew Bai was a very strong opponent and I was definitely under pressure today. I was feeling it at times but I enjoyed it and overall I think I did a good job out there.

“I’m very proud, playing here at Wimbledon in the last round of qualifying. There’s so many good players out there, so I feel happy.”

Despite defeat it has undoubtedly been a strong few days for the Glasgow native, who currently sits 370th in the WTA Rankings.

And as the 25-year-old looks to make further inroads up the WTA Rankings, she believes she is heading in the right direction. 

“I think I’m improving all the time and I’ve done a nice job this week,” added Brogan. “I’m very satisfied with my work.

“I’ve been trying to play more offensively, trying to play more into the corners, using width more and looking to control the points more, being offensive off the second serve return. That’s what I want to keep bringing to the court.

“There’s some events here in the UK on hard courts, and also in Spain and Portugal. That’s where I will be playing next.”

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