Ana suffers Barthel defeat

Ana suffers Barthel defeat

Ana slipped to a 7-5, 7-6(4) defeat to Germany's Mona Barthel in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

Ana led 5-3, 30-0 and had two set points in the opening set, but was unable to convert them.

Unusually for a WTA match taking place on clay, there were no breaks of serve in the second set, although Ana again failed to take her opportunities, as she earned three break points that went unconverted.

To her credit, Barthel served brilliantly, smacking down 11 aces during the one hour, 43-minute match.

In losing this match Ana, who only arrived in Stuttgart on Monday afternoon following the weekend's Fed Cup tie in Moscow, suffered only her third opening round loss since she began working with coach Nigel Sears.

Ana's next event is the Mutua Madrid Open, which begins on Saturday 5 May.