Ana beaten by Dushevina

Ana beaten by Dushevina

Ana’s debut at the Hansol Korea Open in Seoul ended in the first round as she was beaten by Russian Vera Dushevina 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. The 22-year-old gave a disjointed display and was only able to convert five out of her 20 break opportunities.

Although Dushevina played very aggressively from the beginning, it was Ana who dominated the first set. With some classy defensive play and powerful strokes down the line, the former French Open champion held control during the long rallies and hit a dozen of winners, which was sufficient to take the set.

Both players got several break opportunities in the second set, but the Russian dealt with them far better and she built a 4-1 lead, as Ana struggled with her return of serve in particular. Ana struck back and when she finally utilized her chances to break, the score was level at 4-4.

Just when she had the momentum again, Ana was let down by her serve, which had been arguably her best shot during the opening set. The Russian broke and then served out the set, as Ana’s frustration became ever more visible.

Both players struggled to hold serve in the deciding set and it was Dushevina who was the first to do so, as she took a 3-1 lead. Ana held serve just once in the final set and could not break back for a second time. Dushevina wrapped up victory in just over two hours.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Ana. “After the first set I didn’t play well at all. She put me under pressure and didn’t make many mistakes so she deserved to win.

“It’s extra disappointing because I have been made to feel so welcome here. I really wish I could have gone a lot further.”

By Joeri Moerman