Ana edged out by Hantuchova

Ana edged out by Hantuchova

Ana slipped to a 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 loss against Slovak Daniela Hantuchova in the semi-finals of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham. The 23-year-old had her chances but failed to take them as she only converted two of twenty break opportunities during two-and-a-half hoursplay.
 
Ana started the match with the same intensity as she has been displaying all week in Birmingham. After she got broken in the first game, she reeled off four games in a row and had three chances to obtain a 5-1 lead. Unfortunately, unforced errors began creeping into her game and she surrendered her advantage. In the tiebreak, Ana refound her accuracy, dictated terms thanks to a cast-iron serve and granted her opponent just two points.
 
Winning the first set seemed to boost Ana’s confidence as she opened the second set with a love game. She gained ten break points in the second set, but was too inaccurate to take advantage of them. Although Ana hit 16 aces through the match, her first serve percentage dropped to 47 per cent and she had to part with initiative. The Slovak did convert one break chance and wrapped up the set.
 
After the former world No. 1 held serve in the first game of the decider, the contest was suspended for 45 minutes due to a rainshower above the Edgbaston Priory Club. Ana wangled two more breakpoints in the fourth game of the set, which she failed to convert again. Ana could not overcome these missed opportunities and was broken twice in the third set.
 
“Don’t tell me how many break points I had!” said Ana in her post-match press conference.
 
“I had a lot of chances today so it is very frustrating that I couldn't convert them.
 
“Overall it’s been a good week, a good start to the grass court season.”
 
By Joeri Moerman