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Ana suffered a disappointing 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 defeat to Switzerland's Patty Schnyder in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
14th seed Ana never found her form, but she battled gamely and clinched the first set almost due to determination alone. That said, she was dominant at the net, winning seven of eights points in which she ventured forward.
She was ahead 3-1 in the second set but mistimed groundstrokes and double faults cost her, as Schnyder fought back to lead 4-3.
Ana saved two set points while trailing 5-6, 15-40 with arguably her best consecutive two points of the match: a backhand winner hit while virtually kneeling over, then an inside-out forehand winner. She held to force a tiebreak.
Schnyder was the more consistent player during a tiebreak that was punctuated by a dispute between Ana and the umpire, after he denied her request to invoke the Hawk-Eye challenge system on the basis that she had asked too late.
Ana was incensed, and Schnyder took full advantage, wrapping up the tiebreak and levelling the match.
The Swiss used that momentum well in the beginning of the deciding set as she broke Ana in the first game. She maintained her lead and capitalised on more errant serving from Ana later in the set, adding a second break in the seventh game before serving out the match to love.
"It is very disappointing," said Ana. "I think I had lots of chances in the second set, and then the level just really dropped and I struggled a little bit out there.
"My game was kind of missing a few bits and pieces."
Ana's next tournament is the Qatar Ladies Open, which begins in Doha on Sunday.