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Ana reached the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic.
The 13th seed produced her best performance of the tournament so far, advancing to round four in 83 minutes, though it was her opponent who made the better start. Jankovic won the first game to 15 and wangled four break opportunities on Ana’s serve.
The early wake-up call came just in time. Ana saved all of the break points and scored a double break herself, overwhelming Jankovic with some hammering groundstrokes at this stage of the match. She surged into a 5-2 lead and got the chance to serve for the set.
However, with the end of the set in sight, Ana slightly dropped the pressure on her opponent. Jankovic took full advantage and won all of the next 15 points to level the contest at 5-5. When the tide was high, Ana rediscovered the aggressiveness in her stokes and made a remarkable comeback in the eleventh game, fighting back from 40-0 to earn a break point.
The 25-year-old stopped the next rally to invoke a Hawk-Eye challenge that proved to be right, which consequently brought her a new break of serve. Despite facing two break points herself while serving for the set for a third occasion, she eventually closed out the opening set with an ace.
A pivotal break of serve in the third game of set two put Ana in pole position for the victory. Indeed, she was no more troubled by Jankovic, although the two former world No.1s contested some captivating rallies from time to time.
Ana was dominant on serve, not facing a single break point in the second set and she took a 5-3 lead. The 25-year-old broke her opponent once more as she converted her second match point on Jankovic’ serve, reaching the last 16 in Melbourne for the second consecutive year.
"It was a tough match," said Ana. "I think it was intense from the first to the last moment, but I really felt like I stayed in the zone."
"We haven't played each other in a Grand Slam for a while, but it's always tough," she continued. "She's still a very good player, and even though we are different opponents now than we were then, still it's a battle you want to win, like every match."
Ana will face world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round on Sunday after the Pole eliminated Great Britain’s Heather Watson 6-3, 6-1.
By Joeri Moerman