Ana defeated by Mauresmo

Ana defeated by Mauresmo

Ana’s Wimbledon came to an end as she was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by top seed Amelie Mauresmo. It was a brilliant display of grass court tennis by the Frenchwoman, who served expertly and attacked the net at just the rights moments during the 68-minute match.

“She was serving really good,” said Ana. “I had problems to return her serves. She was coming into the net a lot and putting pressure on me. Knowing that she was holding serve so well put more pressure on my serve.”

Ana made a positive start and won the opening point with a backhand winner. She was 15-30 ahead in both of Mauresmo’s opening two service games but could not capitalise. It was a very even start, with the first five games going with serve until the Frenchwoman broke Ana in the sixth game. It proved decisive as she wrapped up the set 6-3.

“At the beginning I had a chance on her serves and she didn’t have many on mine. But then I made a couple of mistakes and she used her chances straightaway,” said Ana.

Ana held to love in the opening game of the second set but a fine lob by the world No.1, allied to a crafty net approach, saw Mauresmo gain a stranglehold on the match. She broke again and led 5-2.

The 18-year-old mis-hit more shots than usual, probably due to bad bounces. That is to take nothing away from the fine performance of Mauresmo, who was commanding throughout and volleyed well.

Ana, who was playing the Frenchwoman for the seventh time, said: “She came in a lot. It was very different to the matches we’ve played before. She made it very difficult for me.”

As the top seed served for the match at 5-2, Ana broke for the first time. She held and then had two break point chances at 4-5, but could not convert either. Again, Mauresmo saved them with some strong serving, and closed out the match with a forehand volley.

“That’s why she’s No.1 – because she played some good tennis on the important points,” said Ana.

"Of course I'm disappointed but I always like to try to stay positive. I am still young and there will be many more opportunities."

By Gavin Versi

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