Ana storms to Birmingham title

Ana storms to Birmingham title

Ana surged to the 14th tournament victory of her career as she clinched her first ever title on grass by beating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.

It was a virtually flawless week for Ana, who dropped only 21 games in five straight-sets wins. She spent just five hours and 44 minutes on court, while the Premier $700,000 title is Ana's biggest since winning the French Open in 2008.

Bizarrely, Ana lost the opening point in all five matches. Against Strycova today she fell 0-30 behind in the opening game, but bounced back and quickly established a lead at 3-1.

The Czech player appeared somewhat ill at ease on the grass surface, at one stage complaining about her footing ("I am so scared to move on this court").

Ana, on the hand, could not have looked more comfortable. She unleashed an array of forehand missiles that both overwhelmed and dispirited her unseeded opponent.

The only part of Ana's game that didn't function well today was her overheads: she netted two simple put-aways, causing the 26-year-old to raise her hands in ironic celebration when she finally put one away in the second set.

By then Ana was already a set and a break up, and the result of the match was never in any doubt.

"I didn't think much about even winning title when I came here," said Ana. "I really wanted to just get into it and see how I feel on grass.

"I didn't have too much preparation coming into this week even, but I really felt better from each match. Today was a little bit tight. Conditions were really hard today; a little bit slippery, as well.

"I am just so happy to win that title. It really means a lot to me."

Ana will climb to 11th in the rankings on Monday, while in the Road To Singapore - the rankings for 2014 alone - she will go to 6th.