Ana edged out by Wozniacki

Ana edged out by Wozniacki

Ana lost a tense China Open quarter-final against newly crowned world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki. The 22-

year-old played some excellent tennis but could not resist the Dane during a 7-6, 6-4 defeat.

The first set was a classic, lasting exactly an hour, and featured some of the most fluid hitting seen on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this year. Ana hit liberally off the ground, pressing her opponent with a myriad of forehand rockets.

However, Wozniacki proved her tenacity and ultra-consistency by refusing to buckle and in fact it was she who scored the first break of the match in the sixth game, to lead 4-2.

Ana exhibited self-confidence throughout the opening set and she did not let the setback affect her. Instead, she continued her probing play and hit back immediately to level at 4-4.

Another twist followed as Wozniacki opened up a 0-40 lead on Ana's serve when 5-4 ahead. Ana saved those three breaks points and a fourth to level the score at 5-5.

Almost inevitably, the set went to a tiebreak and it was Wozniacki who seized the initiative. She played it flawlessly, while Ana erred, not least with a double fault. It was won 7-1 by the Dane.

Considering the breathless pace and frantic drama of the opening set, the first few games of the second set seemed somewhat anti-climactic, especially for Ana as she was broken in the opening game.

Ana's level had dropped from her fabulously aggressive play in the opening set and Wozniacki was firmly in control of the match. She had three break points to open up a 4-1 lead but Ana saved them all. Cue another dramatic twist: Wozniacki twisted her knee during the following point and lay virtually motionless on the ground for several moments.

Many inside the Lotus Stadium wondered whether the 20-year-old would be able to continue at all, but she received a medical time-out and was on her feet again, and moving well, as evidenced by a superb backhand down-the-line winner in game seven. Though Ana closed out the game to reduce the arrears to 3-2, Wozniacki held serve and broke to lead 5-2.

Ana regained her rhythm and snatched one of the breaks back, closing the gap to 4-5. She had chances to attack the Wozniacki serve in the following game but could not take them, and the new world No.1 closed the match out to complete an impressive victory.

"I definitely had my chances," said Ana. "I was hitting the ball really well from the start, only my serve was not quite there. She is a very tough opponent and if you don't take your chances against her you get punished.

"I was very worried when I saw her fall on the court and went over to see if she was 'okay'. It's always difficult to see that happen to a tennis player.

"It was a little bit of a strange match after that and I had some more chances at the end, but unfortunately I couldn't use them.

"Still, this has been a good tournament for me. I played some good tennis and I hope I can build on this performance."