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Ana continued her splendid form at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami as she progressed to the fourth round by beating world No.45 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3. The 12th seed made a sizzling start and never lost control of the 80-minute match, with all parts of her game clicking in place from the first point on.
It was a seldom-seen way of opening a tennis match from Ana: the contest hadn’t been underway for seven minutes yet the 25-year-old had already taken a 3-0 lead without dropping a single point. She combined great depth of strokes with superb movement and blistering returns of serve, while on the other side of the net, Kuznetsova had not the ghost of a chance against her superior opponent. The two-time Grand Slam winner quickly began to express her frustration.
The Russian started to settle from the fourth game of the match and got on the scoreboard but Ana didn’t relent, adding a third love game on serve to build up a 4-1 lead. The advantage of one break proved sufficient for Ana, wrapping up a memorable opening set in clinical style by hitting an ace on set point.
Despite being broken in the second game of set two, Ana continued playing at a very accomplished level throughout the entire match. The Russian did all she could to stay in the contest, which often resulted in high-quality rallies, but Ana mostly came of best.
The 12th seed repeatedly displayed the capacities of a top 10 player and broke Kuznetsova four times in the second set. Ana was triumphant when the world No.45 netted a backhand while facing a sixth match point, which brought an end to the clash between the 2008 & 2009 French Open champions.
Ana will take on eighth seed Sara Errani in the fourth round on Monday, after the Italian crushed world No. 57 Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in just 48 minutes.
The match is scheduled as the fourth match on Court 1, with Ana entering the contest leading the head-to-head series 2-1. Click here for live point-by-point scoring from Crandon Park.
By Joeri Moerman