Ana cruises into Birmingham final

Ana cruises into Birmingham final

It took Ana just 58 minutes to confirm her place in the final of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham. The top seed triumphed 6-2, 6-2 over China's Shuai Zhang.

Just as she had in her previous matches here in England this week, Ana got off to a slow start. She was broken and trailed 2-0 early on.

From this point on, Ana asserted her superiority. She overwhelmed the world No.36 with the same brand of attacked grass court tennis that had seen her lose only 12 games in her previous three matches.

In fact, Ana won nine straight games; indeed one of he biggest cheers of the day was reserved for Zhang breaking the streak, to pull back to 1-3 in the second set.

"After a slow start I really felt I picked up my rhythm and I played really well," said Ana, who again followed with great assurance.

"I think today I had really good few sneak‑ins to the net and I played volleys nicely. That's something that my coach has been encouraging me to do more often. I was very pleased to mix in that."

Ana will take on either Australian 16th seed Casey Dellacqua or Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the final on Sunday.