Ana felled in quarters

Ana felled in quarters

Ana fell to a disappointing 6-4, 6-0 defeat to Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the quarter-finals of the Generali Ladies Linz. The second seed led by a break in the first set, but won just one more game as she was completely swept away in 64 minutes.

The victory illustrates the remarkable comeback of the Belgian, who was out of competition for a couple of months due to a clot of blood in her calf earlier this year. Her ranking dropped to 262, but thanks to winning the Quebec tournament last month, she’s currently ranked 66 in the world.

Although Ana started well and earned a break in the fourth game, she quickly lost command of the rallies. Flipkens implemented her sliced backhand to disallow Ana from finding her rhythm and producing her typical attacking play.

The 24-year-old, who appeared tired throughout her three matches here, was unable to raise her level and her confidence melted away as the match continued, being sent to all corners of the court by the superior Belgian.

The former Wimbledon junior champion kept her head cool and booked her spot in the semi-finals in just over an hour as she whitewashed Ana in the second set.

By Joeri Moerman