Ana triumphs over Oudin

Ana triumphs over Oudin

Ana beat American qualifier Melanie Oudin 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinatti.

The match was characterized by a delay for bad weather mid-way through the second set and a most dramatic turn of events on match point.

Ana, seeded 11th here, had a mixed serving day. She hit eight aces but tempered that impressive effort with nine double faults. She began the match in shaky fashion and was twice broken in the first set. But she regrouped admirably, winning the next two for the loss of just two games.

Six of those double faults came in a forgettable first set, but Ana overpowered her opponent thereafter, completely dominating the American.

A storm brought play to a premature halt as Ana led 4-1 in the final set. When they returned an hour or so later, Ana earned a match point. Oudin's shot was called "in" on her side of the court, but she challenged it and Hawk-Eye determined that the ball was in fact out, and so Ana sealed a one hour and 28 minute victory.

The 21-year-old will face Melinda Czink in the second round after the Hungarian beat Alize Cornet of France 6-3, 6-2.

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