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Ana got her clay court season off to a solid start as she beat world No.65 Akgul Amanmuradova 7-6, 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Telecom German Open.
The first set was a tight affair. Although Ana, who received a bye in round one, never looked like losing it, Uzbekistan's Amanmuradova proved to be a stubborn opponent. She served big and provided stern resistance, pumping her fist and punching the air with delight after several winners. She stuck with Ana almost throughout.
In the end a tiebreak was needed. Ana duly turned on the style as she scored her first ever 7-0 whitewash and improved her win-loss record in tiebreaks this year to a flawless 3-0.
That set the tone for the second set and, although Ana was broken in the first game, she broke straight back and began to dominate. The match was over when 23-year-old Amanmuradova netted a forehand.
According to Eurosport's statistics the 20-year-old produced a highly impressive winners-unforced errors count of 40-21, which was allied to three aces.
"Obviously it was my first match and I didn't play as well as I hoped to," said Ana during her courtside interview.
"I was nervous and I'd never played her before, so it took me a while to get used to it. It took some time to adapt.
"Now I'm going to relax a little bit. maybe have another light hit, and then get ready for tomorrow."
The No.2 seed and defending champion will face world No.23 Sybille Bammer in round three on Thursday, after the Austrian saw off local favourite Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 1-6, 7-6.
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