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Ana made a positive return to action by beating world No.35 Michaella Krajicek 6-1, 7-6 in the first round of the Generali Ladies Linz. Despite being absent from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour for the past month because of a shoulder injury, Ana dominated her Dutch opponent for much of the match, sealing victory in 84 minutes.
Ana underlined her intentions in the opening game by breaking Krajicek to love. She added two further breaks during a breakneck-speed first set in which she won twice as many points (30 to 15) as the 17-year-old.
A break at the beginning of the second set continued Ana’s momentum as she led by a set and 2-0. However, Krajicek broke back and the match became much more competitive. Ana had two match points on the Dutchwoman’s serve at 5-4, 15-40 but she couldn’t convert either and was herself broken in the next game. Krajicek then spurned three set points as Ana broke again to take the set into a tiebreak.
The 18-year-old stormed through the tiebreak, winning it 7-1. Though it was a nervy end to the second set, Ana was always ahead in the match.
"I played a pretty good match," said Ana. "I was a little nervous at the beginning, because I haven't played for a bit; but I felt the difference in the match was my return. She serves well but I was moving into the court; that made a difference."
Ana will face another 17-year-old, Agnieszka Radwanksa of Poland, in the second round on Thursday. Despite a ranking of 66, Radwanska is a difficult opponent. She saw off world No.20 Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-4, 7-5 in the first round here and has beaten Elena Dementieva, Anastasia Myskina and Venus Williams this year.
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