Ana sees off Tatishvili

Ana sees off Tatishvili

Ana made a flawless start to her US Open campaign as she crushed world No.115 Anna Tatishvili 6-2, 6-0 in the opening round of the year’s final Grand Slam event in New York. The 13th seed never looked troubled by the Georgian and booked her place in the second round with less than an hour on the clock.

The very first game of the contest proved to be the most competitive of the entire match. Ana had to save three break points and was forced to deuce four times, before the 25-year-old eventually held serve, sealing the game as she delivered an ace down-the-center.

Indeed, it was not entirely one-way traffic during the early stages. Ana broke Tatishvili in the second game but immediately surrendered her serve, as the world No.115 fired some classy winners from time to time. Four more consecutive breaks of serve followed, until Ana held serve in the seventh game to march to a 5-2 advantage. She converted her first set point one game later.

With the first set under her belt, Ana was in superb form later on. She cut down her unforced errors – from 12 in the opening set to just five in the second – and again scored an early break, gifted on a platter by a double fault from the Georgian. Ana also became relentless on serve, not facing a single break point during the second set and she steamrolled into 5-0 lead, with the Georgian still unable to hold serve.

Ana was victorious after 58 minutes of play, as she broke Tatishvili for a seventh time out of seven service games when the Georgian concluded the match with her fifth double fault.

"I am very pleased with the performance today. It was a little bit in the beginning shaky, lots of breaks.

"Once I found my rhythm I sort of felt more comfortable as the match went on. I felt the game plan sort of settled in. I was very pleased with my performance at the end."

Ana will take on Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru in the second round on Thursday.

By Joeri Moerman