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Ana reached the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with a resounding 6-1, 6-1 victory over world No.58 Annika Beck of Germany. The 11th seed was dominant throughout and outplayed her 19-year-old opponent, spending just 50 minutes.
Indeed, it was an extremely accomplished performance by the former world No.1, who was debuting a new racket. Despite being broken in the opening game, Ana was in a ruthless form and she wouldn’t face a single break point in the match thereafter.
The 25-year-old immediately restored parity as she broke back at the first time of asking, before holding serve in the next game to take command. Beck was simply unable to rally with Ana’s menacing forehand, which was proved to be the key stroke of the match. The 11th seed reeled off four more games as she served out the opening set with an ace.
In the second set, it was Beck who was again first to get her name on the scoreboard, holding serve for the first time in the match. Nevertheless, Ana remained in firm control and she continued her business-like, solid performance.
The German teenager couldn’t cope with Ana’s aggressive groundstrokes and was often forced on the backfoot with some big serves from the world No.16’s brand new Yonex EZONE Ai racket. After a break in the third game, Ana surged to victory without further resistance and she dismantled Beck in convincing style, winning six straight games to seal the match.
Ana will take on Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the second round. The world No. 39 advanced after a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 win against Kurumi Jara from Japan.
By Joeri Moerman