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Ana scored a satisfying 7-6(9), 6-1 victory over Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the China Open in Beijing. Ana recovered from a 5-1 deficit in the opening set as she won 12 of the last 14 games.
Though ranked 29th, Pennetta came into the match off the back of a run to the US Open semi-finals, during which time she beat four seeded players back-to-back. The Italian once enjoyed a ranking of 10th and she demonstrated her class by surging into a 5-1 lead, with two breaks of serve.
It was now that Ana found her form. She secured two breaks of her own and forced a tiebreak, which she won 11-9. It was the joint-third longest tiebreak of her career.
The 25-year-old carried that momentum into the second set as she dominated the Italian. Ana completed victory in an hour and 31 minutes.
"I didn't think so much about the score," said Ana. "I really struggled to find my rhythm in the beginning. I felt the ball was flying.
"And then I sort of just tried to think of getting back into the match. I thought the first set was already gone, but then I started to play better and started to be aggressive, and then I just basically played point by point.
"I didn't really think I could come back in the first set, but I really played well and stepped up when it was very tight. So that gave me confidence.
"I could see her body language change in the second set, and I started to play a lot better then."
The 14th seed will take on either Monica Puig of Puerto Rico or Slovenia's Paula Hercog in round two on Wednesday.