Ana wins again but Serbia defeated

Ana wins again but Serbia defeated

Ana defeated world No.6 Angelique Kerber 7-5, 7-5 - her first victory over a top 10 ranked player this year - but Serbia lost its World Group I Play-Off tie 3-2 against Germany.

Ana made a slow start and was behind 3-1, 15-40 on serve, but she hit back to level at 3-3 and then she gradually took control of the match, stepping into the court to dominate points wherever possible.

The world No.17 maintained her fine form in the second set and it was the home player who showed greater nerves, as Ana broke to clinch an impressive victory.

“I really tried to stay calm because that’s the only way you can play your best tennis and you can make a sane decision where to go around the court," said Ana.

"I knew she was a tough player and she does bring a lot of balls back so I had to be patient. I tried to keep my cool and I’m happy I managed to do so.”

Serbia led 2-1 but Mona Barthel, whom Ana defeated yesterday, beat Serbian No.2 Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 before Sabine Lisicki and Anna-Lena Groenefeld prevailed 6-2, 7-6 against Vesna Dolonc and Aleksandra Krunic.

"We came so close today! It was great to be part of such an exciting tie and I'm pleased with my performances, but sad for the team overall. It was a great team effort," Ana wrote on Facebook.

Ana will remain in Stuttgart for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, which begins on Monday. She faces Andrea Petkovic in round one.