OXFORDSHIRE'S Matilda Mutavdzic said reaching the third round of the girls' singles at Wimbledon is the highlight of her career so far, writes JON MURRAY.

The 15-year-old, who grew up in Abingdon, showed great fighting qualities as she followed up her three-set win over seventh seed Sada Nahimana yesterday by toughing it out against Daria Frayman of Russia.

Against a much older and taller opponent, Mutavdzic battled back from losing the opening set to win 4-6 6-3 6-3.

Watched by a large number of supporters and friends from Oxfordshire, including her former coach Ed Izzard, Mutavdzic showed her full range of emotions.

Foot-faulted three times, she responded to early setbacks with some superb angles and drop shots, breaking the Russian in the fourth game of the second set and then at the start of the third.

And even though Frayman drew level in the sixth game, the Oxon player then broke again with some superb ground strokes.

Mutavdzic, who now lives in Genk, Belgium, and plays most of her tennis abroad, could not hide her delight at claiming victory.

She said: "I'm very, very happy with this win. In general I think you could say I'm ecstatic.

"I was just happy to have got one win at Wimbledon, to get through two rounds is far beyond my expectations.

"I had to show a lot of mental toughness out there, and I think I did.

"Before this, winning the ten and under national championships here was the highlight of my career. But now this is."

She will face tenth seed Alexa Noel of the United States in the third round tomorrow and she is also in the girls' doubles thanks to a wild card, partnering fellow Briton Holly Fisher.