Ana falls to Errani

Ana falls to Errani

Ana slumped to a disappointing defeat to Italy’s Sara Errani in the third round of the French Open. The 13th seed was superior during the first set but a lack of consistency proved fatal during a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 loss in exactly two hours.
Ana started excellently on the Suzanne Lenglen court. She immediately gained a break advantage and was the more aggressive player during the rallies. She impressively wrapped up the first set in 25 minutes, with a winners-to-unforced errors count of 13-3 boding extremely well for the rest of the match.
The Italian took a bathroom break after Ana’s supremacy in the first set and opened set two with great dedication. She piled up the pressure and chased every ball till the very end. Both players lost their serve twice in the early stages of the set, but a third loss of serve from Ana in the twelfth game was crucial as the Italian levelled the contest.
The 24-year-old broke in the opening game of the decider, but granted the advantage straight back with two double faults in the next game.

Ana was too passive and erratic to keep up with the pace, and despite some flashes of her talent, she never refound her form of the first set and fell behind by a break. Errani stepped up to the plate and took advantage of the errant serving from Ana, adding a second break to upset the former champion.

"I was really pleased the way I started," said Ana. "I was really aggressive and I created a lot of opportunities for myself.

"Then I felt in the second and third set she started raising her level a lot and putting a lot more on the ball.

"Also on her serve and my serve I felt I had a great rhythm on it, but I just wasn't making enough. I mean, my serve percentage was so poor. I think that was something that determined a little bit the tone for the last two sets.
"Also, I was making some unforced errors when I was too flatfooted."

Ana's next scheduled event is the AEGON International in Eastbourne, which begins on Sunday 17June.

By Joeri Moerman