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Ana eased into round three of her Wimbledon campaign with a solid 6-4 6-3 victory over American Meilen Tu in 84 minutes.
It may have been an unusual 11am start at SW19 today, but like yesterday there was no sleepy start from Ana as she raced into an early lead, Tu charitably netting a simple midcourt ball on break point.
Ana then consolidated her lead to 2-0, although not without an early scare: she had to save two break points with a nice wide serve and short slice combination, and another with an ace out wide.
This early break and hold proved crucial, as Tu showed why she can prove such a difficult opponent, eliminating her early slackness and causing Ana problems by attacking her second serve and approaching the net very effectively when given any opportunity by the teenager.
Each game was proving tight and competitive, but Ana's dominant serve ensured that no more opportunities for Tu to break were offered, and the set was finally closed out after 6-4 by the No.6 seed after 43 minutes with a nice dipping topspun backhand down-the-line.
The second set continued as competitively as the first had ended. Tu saved two break points in her first service game with some nice wrongfooting shots - a tactic she employed successfully throughout the match.
Tu also showed a willingness to attack the net and she did so skilfully in the third game of the set to maintain a 2-1 lead. However, the pressure was beginning to tell, and the American eventually cracked, letting slip a 40-15 lead at 2-2 with a couple of unforced errors and a double fault that gave Ana another break point chance. This time, however, Tu couldn't save it, sailing a forehand wide and giving the teenager the crucial break she needed.
Ana, now appearing revitalised and more aggressive, quickly held to love to reach 4-2 with her sixth ace. She quickly wrapped up the match by breaking Tu in the final game of the match for a hard-earned victory.
Ana now faces world No.60 Aravane Rezai in round three on Saturday. The Frenchwoman defeated 29th seed Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
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