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As she prepares to travel home from New York, Ana will look back on her US Open performance with both pride and satisfaction with the way she has played. It has been a fortnight full of positive attacking tennis which bodes well for the future.
She produced some highly accomplished performances against some tricky opponents on the big stage, even though she has also had to contend with a lack of match practice coming into the tournament.
All of her performances, but especially against Sloane Stephens and Tsvetana Pironkova, featured some remarkable hitting, particularly on the forehand side, which in this form would worry any other singles player. She played with confidence, took the ball on early and was prepared to fight. After losing the first set to Stephens, she came back stronger, full of motivation and determination.
Her last eight match against Serena Williams was her first quarter-final match since she won the French Open in 2008. It is clear that Ana is making significant strides in the right direction. On this form, few would bet that Ana will not reach this stage or go further in Grand Slams next season.
She will now be looking to build on this tournament in the coming months, as she heads to Tokyo to play in the Toray Pan Pacific Open from September 23rd-29th, followed by the China Open in Beijing the following week.
“Overall I'm very satisfied,” said Ana. “I played some really good tennis to get into this position. Even tonight I felt like I was striking the ball so nicely on both sides. That's something that I worked hard for. I think it's a big step for me to reach a quarter-final. It's a confidence boost, too.
“I still want to try and make the (WTA end-of-season) Championships. That's still in sight. I'll try to finish the year as best as possible and then really try to regroup and start the year fresh in the same level I am now.”
By Jonathan Campkin
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