Ana loses Serena thriller

Ana loses Serena thriller

Ana was edged out 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 by world No.1 Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.

It was a gripping encounter. Ana played a superb opening set as she opened up a 5-1 lead, then served it out, losing just five points on serve during the set.

Williams hadn't performed well in the first set, although that was largely due to Ana's relentless hitting on the quick court. The American steadied the ship at the beginning of the second set and, almost inevitably, quickly earned a break.

Ana appeared to aggravate her right hip whilst at the net towards the end of the second set, and she called the trainer for a medical timeout.

When Williams levelled the match at a set all, she appeared to be the more likely winner.

Indeed the 17-time Grand Slam champion broke Ana early in the deciding set too, and led 3-1. Cue a breathless turnaround from Ana, who found her first set timing and reeled off three games to lead 4-3.

Williams matched the 26-year-old. She held then added a break of her own to serve for the match at 5-4, only for Ana to again break back.

However, Ana could not hold her final service game, and Williams duly closed out the match after an hour and 57 minutes.

Ana now heads to Montreal for the Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank.

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