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Ana’s run at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships ended in the second round as she was narrowly defeated by world No.8 Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic. The topsy-turvy match included 27 break opportunities and several revolutions but it was Kvitova who came off best, beating the 25-year-old 7-5, 7-6 (7-1).
The big-hitting Czech started the match like a whirlwind. She won all of the first ten points and overwhelmed Ana with her powerful flat groundstrokes. In about eleven minutes of impressive tennis, Kvitova had cruised into a 4-0 lead.
However, Ana was in no mood for a night of one-direction tennis. She moved up a gear and injected new life into the opening set: after she couldn’t convert four break points in a hard-fought sixth game, she finally exploited the second of her three break opportunities two games later.
Kvitova continued playing aggressively and earned three set points at 5-3, but Ana managed to clear them all away in great style, serving incredibly well at that moment. She levelled the contest at 5-all and appeared to be in command – leading 40-15 in the next game - but she surrendered her serve. Nonetheless, the 25-year-old was close to another spectacular comeback, earning an opportunity for 6-all after saving two more set points. However, she was again unable to convert. Kvitova rifled some big forehands and eventually wrapped up the opening set.
Both players faced a handful of break points in set two but no breaks were allowed until the seventh game, when Ana lost serve to 15. Kvitova seemed to have forced a pivotal breakthrough, but Ana fought back by breaking the world No.8’s serve to love as she levelled at 5-5. Unfortunately for the former French Open champion, she immediately surrendered her serve after a close line call.
Admirably, Ana didn't allow that disappointment to get the better of her and she regrouped once more to break back in the next game, forcing the second set into a well-deserved tiebreak which proved a logical outcome as there was virtually nothing to separate the two playerst.
The 25-year-old quickly trailed 4-0 in the tiebreak, due largely to two errant forehands. The Czech was unforgiving, taking advantage of the loose tiebreak from Ana and she was eventually victorious after one hour and 41 minutes.
By Joeri Moerman