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Ana showed all her powers of determination as she held off a brilliant challenge by world No.14 Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarter-finals of the BNL Internazionali d'Italia in Rome. The 11th seed triumphed 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes.
If Ana's 6-1, 6-4 victory over Maria Sharapova yesterday was spectacular, today's match was more of a test of nerve. Suarez Navarro displayed supreme consistency and served superbly - especially in the final set, when her first serve percentage was 72 - but Ana was able to match it.
Ana's consistency from the baseline was the key factor. Suarez Navarro attacked her backhand but it held firm. Ana scored the key break in game nine, thanks in part to a seven point-winning streak, and she then closed the match out in tense fashion.
Ana will take on world No.1 Serena Williams in the semi-finals on Saturday, in what will be a re-match of their Australian Open fourth round tie. Williams defeated China's Shuai Zhang 6-1, 6-3.
"I think it's a different match on a different surface," said Ana.
"Both of us have a clear style of game and it kind of depends on the surface, but no matter what, it's going to be a tough match. She has won a lot of tournaments on clay and she plays very well on every surface.
"She has done a lot for women's tennis. It's always challenging to face such a good player."
"Whenever you play someone you lose to you're not necessarily thinking about revenge, you're thinking, 'I really want to win because they beat me last time,'" Williams said. "It's more motivation than anything, because last time they got the best of you, and you want to show them you can play too.
"So I won't necessarily be going for revenge tomorrow, I'll be going for the match."
The match is scheduled to begin sometime after 4.30pm local time (10.30am Eastern Time).
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