Ana down a set as bad light halts play

Ana down a set as bad light halts play

Ana’s third round clash with world No.19 Sabine Lisicki at the Wimbledon Championships has been suspended overnight at 1-1 in the second set. The match didn’t start before 8pm local time due rain in London and was halted shortly after the German had taken the opening set 6-4.
 
It was "just one of those days" at SW19, with persistent rain delaying play on the outside courts till the late afternoon and cancelling the majority of the matches. Despite the severe delays, both players came out of the locker room brightly. Although Ana was troubled in her opening service game, she got rid of two break points to seal the first game of the match.
 
However, Lisicki soon took command as Ana was a bit too passive in the early stages. On the other hand, last year’s runner-up was striking the ball extremely well and was super effective with a handful of drop shots, to which the former world No.1 had no answer. From 40-15, the German reeled off four points to break Ana in the third game.
 
The break seemed to ring an alarm bell in Ana’s head. She now tried to put more aggression into her groundstrokes and she moved towards the net to search for points with some nice volleys: she was rewarded with an instant re-break.
 
But the German was playing phenomenally. When Ana once more visited the net, Lisicki replied with a magnificent lob – the 26-year-old only could show her appreciation by clapping with her hand on the racket – and she scored a new break after a fantastic exchange in which the Ana hit a short ball just long.
 
Lisicki is known as one of the biggest-serving ladies on tour and she took full advantage of the new balls after the seventh game. Ana did earn a break point that would have levelled the set at 4-4, but four aces from the world No.19’s racket in that game proved too much; Lisicki managed to hold serve and she went 5-3 up.
 
Ana held to 15 in the next and made the German serve for it, but the latter didn’t falter. She converted her second set point to clinch it 6-4.
 
After the opening set had ended, Ana stated that she had trouble to see the ball as light was running out at this moment. However, the tournament referee and chair umpire didn’t accept Ana’s protests and so play continued, only to be halted just five minutes later with the score at 1-1.
 
Tradition dictates that no matches are contested on Middle Sunday, which means that the match will resume on Monday at 1pm local time (2pm Central European Time; 8am Eastern Time).

By Joeri Moerman

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