Ana through to round two

Ana through to round two

Playing in her first ever women’s US Open, Ana moved into the second round with a patchy 7-6, 6-3 win over American Lindsay Lee-Waters. In her first match back after a pectoral muscle strain Ana didn’t get close to playing her best tennis but got the job done.

“It wasn’t a high quality match but at the end of the day I’m happy I took my opportunities,” said Ana. “I was a bit nervous at the beginning, especially because of my shoulder injury last week. I wasn’t sure how that was going to go. I didn’t want to risk anything.”

The first set was a rather insipid affair with neither player able to string together more than half a dozen strokes. Lee-Waters, ranked 101 in the world, showed she wasn’t scared of Ana’s huge delivery – she stood well inside the baseline to receive serve and seized control of a number of rallies but her consistency let her down.

However, Ana struggled to find her own rhythm and lost the first break of the match in her second service game. She levelled at 3-3, breaking to love thanks to a superb backhand drive-forehand drop shot combination. Serve matched serve until the tiebreak, when Ana showed her class by stepping up and racing into a 6-2 lead. She eventually took the set on her fourth set point.

Ana said: “In a match like this it’s important to take your opportunities. I knew I could win that set and knew that if I lost that tiebreak the match would be a lot longer and of course more exhausting on a day like this. I knew I had to take every chance I had.”

The second set was a more brisk affair – both players served well but Ana grabbed control of the contest when she broke in the fifth game. She didn’t look back and was saved the task of having to serve out the match when she broke to seal a 7-6, 6-3 victory.

By Gavin Versi