Ana beats Lisicki

Ana beats Lisicki

Ana avenged her defeat to Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon last month by beating the German 7-6(2), 6-1 in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.
 
Ana was 4-1 down in the first set, but proceeded to win 12 of the next 15 games as she got on top of the world No.29. The match marks the first in her co-operation with new coach Dejan Petrovic.
 
The match will also be remembered for one of Lisicki's first serves, which was timed at 131mph - a new world record.
 
"I hurt my hand, actually," said Ana, when asked how it felt to return such a venomous delivery. "But I was happy I got my racket on it, then I looked around it was like 131, and I was like, 'that's fast!'"
 
As the scoreline illustrates, the first set was a tight affair, with both players hit a number of eye-catching winners. They often took the ball early, to ensure that they took control of the rallies as quickly as possible.
 
"It was a very tough match, I expected that," reflected Ana. "I really tried to stay composed when I was 4-1 down in that first set and I tried to go for my shots and be a little bit more aggressive. It worked really well.
 
"My game is aggressive. I like to go after my shots, especially on the second serve - she has a great first serve, so I tried to look for that second serve, which put more pressure on her first [serve]."
 
Ana will take on Canadian world No.421 Carol Zhao in the second round on Thursday. Zhao, who qualified here, advanced to round two when Begian Yanina Wickmayer retired hurt while trailing 6-2, 1-0. It was Zhao's first WTA main draw win.

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