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Ana recorded a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 victory over Hungarian Melinda Czink in the opening round of the Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam. The 13th seed produced a dominant display and completed her first task in Melbourne in exactly one hour.
Ana set the tone for today’s supremacy with a break in the second game of the match and although the lefty broke back one game later after undoubtedly Ana’s worst five points of the match - including two double faults and two unforced errors – it became quickly noticeable that the Hungarian was no real challenge for the former world No.1.
Ana immediately restored her lead and was in full control of the match, displaying some great movement and variety of shots. At 5-2, Czink doubled faulted to surrender her serve for a third time, which granted Ana the opening set.
The second set was even more one-way traffic from Ana’s racket. However, the Rod Laver Arena crowd was startled for a moment when Ana rolled her ankle while leading 2-0.
Fortunately, the 25-year-old got off unscathed and looked relaxed during the following games, celebrating some flashy winners. She dropped just one game in the second set and passed the first hurdle with a confidence-boosting performance.
Ana will face Taipei’s Yung-Jan Chan, who beat world No 44 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-1, 1-6, 6-1, in the second round on Wednesday.
By Joeri Moerman