Ana beaten by brilliant Radwanska

Ana beaten by brilliant Radwanska

Ana slumped to a 6-2, 6-4 defeat against world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round of the French Open. The 14th seed was unable to produce her best tennis and served nine double faults during the 81 minute match.

The opening exchanges were extremely hard-fought as it took the pair 20 minutes to finish the first two games. Somewhat symbolically for the outcome of the match, Ana could not seal any of her opportunities in both games and she fell 2-0 behind.

Ana tried to construct points patiently but encountered the Pole's supreme defence shot after shot. As frustration grew on Ana’s side, so did the unforced errors and the 14th seed was broken a second time.

Although Ana started well in the second set and managed to break the Radwanska serve, she instantly surrendered her lead. To her credit, the 25-year-old dug deep but often missed a bit sharpness to finish points.

On the other side of the net, Radwanska stuck to her typical crafty, defensive game plan, which was masterful. The Pole even made a between-the-legs shot to recover from a lob from Ana’s racket.

Ana kept pace with Radwanska until the tenth game, but fatally delivered two more double faults while serving to stay in the match.

"I actually think we were closer than maybe the score indicates," said Ana, taking into account her many missed opportunities.

"I think it was maybe my serve. If you lose yours against her you have to win points over and over again.

"There is a point where it gets frustrating and you have to stick through with. At some moments I didn't, and that made a big difference today."

By Joeri Moerman