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Playing alongside Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer, Ana reached round two of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open in doubles. The pair defeated the French-South African team of Aurelie Vedy and Chanelle Scheepers 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 (super tiebreak).
Both Ana and Wickmayer won singles tournaments last week, although that is no guarantee of success in the team event of course. Ana lost her service game twice in the first set even though her serve was functioning rather well – Scheepers was returning and defending superbly.
As play continued, the cohesion between the Serbian-Belgian team grew, and they started to take control of the longer rallies. They managed to break back once, but could not avoid losing the opening set.
Ana and Wickmayer obtained two early breakpoints in the second set, but Ana’s would-be volley-winner virtually stuck to the net cord and did not fall. Four games later, the break was finally a reality as Scheepers and Vedy were missing too many volleys. Ana and Wickmayer earned four set points on the serve of the South African, but it was Wickmayer who eventually sealed the set on her serve.
In the match tiebreak – first to ten points wins the set – Ana and Wickmayer quickly built up a 2-0 lead. They held onto the lead to close out the match by a 10-5 scoreline.
They will meet the Czech pairing of Lucie Hradecka and Renata Voracova in the second round. The Czechs are the fourth seeds in Luxembourg and are sure to provide a stern test for the inexperienced pairing.
Meanwhile, Ana will begin her singles campaign against Johanna Larsson on Wednesday. The match is scheduled as the fourth of the day on the Central court and is expected to begin sometime after 5.30pm local time (11.30am Eastern Time).
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By Joeri Moerman