Ana sweeps to Linz title

Ana sweeps to Linz title

Ana overwhelmed Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 to claim the Generali Ladies Linz title. It is the 22-year-old's first title in exactly two years and the first tournament she has won without dropping a set.

It was a 47-minute masterclass by Ana - the shortest final of the year. It is fair to say that Ana had looked to be on a mission from the very first moment she took to the court in Linz.

Ana dictated terms immediately and broke the 31-year-old straightaway, partly due to two double faults in the Swiss’ opening service game.

Ana was in total command throughout the match. She was fleet footed, gliding around the court and bossing almost every rally.

Her returns were masterful. She broke the left-hander’s serve three times in the opening set and the seventh seed sealed the first set 6-1 with an impressive power display in a 20-minute set.

The one-way tennis continued in the second set. Although the audience was hoping for some intrigue, they could not help but appreciate the former No. 1’s marvellous performance and they seemed to enjoy the spectacle.

While Ana was painting the lines with magnificent strokes, Schnyder missed them often by a whisker. Ana continued to rampage her way through the final and she took a 5-0 second set lead after just 15 minutes.

The Swiss was successful in avoiding the bagel, but two games later, the seventh seed held three championship points. She closed out the match, summing up the final perfectly, with her 25th ace of the tournament.

“Patty’s a very tough opponent, and honestly, I didn’t expect this scoreline," said Ana.

"But I had confidence from the last few matches, so that helped me stay aggressive and believe in my shots today. I feel very good here and I’m very happy to come back and win the title again - it’s my first title since 2008, so it is special.

"When I got the call to play here I was really excited because I felt like I was playing well, but I’d had some tough draws and so on. It was a great opportunity to play more matches.

"I really feel comfortable about my game, and no matter what happens over the next couple of events I feel like I’m setting a good base for my preparation for next season.”

Ana will now head to Luxembourg where she contests the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open next week.