Ana progresses in three sets

Ana progresses in three sets

Ana overcame the first hurdle at the French Open as she beat Petra Martic of Croatia 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The 2008 champion performed in a very accomplished style during sets one and three, but had to recover from a wobble in set two to reach the second round after 110 minutes of play.
 
It was all serene for Ana in the first set. Martic piled up the unforced errors while the 25-year-old confidently swung with her forehand and took a 4-0 advantage in a hurry. She cleared away some break points with a couple of big serves and wrapped up the set 6-1 without much resistance from the world No.107.
 
Despite having lost the opening set, Martic appeared confident during the first exchanges of the second set. She broke Ana’s serve in the fourth game and turned the tables, as Ana’s forehand was out of service at this point of the match. The Croatian took full advantage of her chances and leveled the tie.
 
Although the world No.107 posed a continuous threat with a dozen classy drop shots, it was Ana who regrouped after the sloppy second set. She quickly surged into a 5-0 lead in the decider and earned a first match point in the sixth game.

However, Martic didn’t let up. She saved match points in three different games and courageously reduced the arrears to 5-3, before Ana eventually served out the match to reach the second round.
 
Ana will take on either Chanelle Scheepers or Mathilde Johansson in round two on Wednesday.

By Joeri Moerman