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Turning point? In what played out like a Hitchcock-thriller, Ana emerged victorious from a 134-minute battle with ninth seed Victoria Azarenka in the first round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Cincinnati. The former world No.1 triumphed 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-2, having trailed by a set and a break.
From the second set onwards, Ana’s forehand was a continuous threat to the Belorussian, who on three occasions was just two points from victory. Each time Ana denied the world No.12, who was a recent winner of the Stanford tournament.
Afterwards, Ana immediately thanked the crowed for supporting her unceasingly during the match and helping her to realize this upset. “The crowd helped me so much,” she said. “They were a lot behind me. It was so great to see a lot of young kids and so on, and it kind of got me pumped.
“She was serving so well in the first set but I knew I just had to hang in there and compete, and eventually things would turn around. I managed to improve my return of serve and I feel like my defence was also good.
“There were a lot of changes of momentum in this match. It definitely felt like two different matches. For the first half I just had to keep fighting and keeping believe, then towards the end I felt I was on top.
“I’ve been working very hard and playing so well in practice, and it’s a great feeling to be able to finally take some of that into a match. I’m very happy with this victory.”
Ana advances to the second round where she will meet Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova. Shevedova won their only previous meeting in Miami in 2007.