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Ana once again demonstrated her supreme mental strength as she fought back from a 3-6, 0-3 deficit to defeat world No.10 Daniela Hantuchova in the final of the FORTIS Championships. The 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win is Ana's 12th over a top-10 ranked player this season and she clinches her third title in five months.
It was a match that bore a striking resemblance to the Berlin final, which Ana won in May against Svetlana Kuznetsova. She was out of sorts in the opening set and was only able to hit four winners. The Slovakian, on the other hand, was close to top form. She hammered eight winners in the opening three games and deservedly broke to lead 2-1.
Though Ana broke back, a break in the seventh game, and another at the end of the set, earned the fourth seed a one-set lead.
Ana made a bright start to the second set. A huge forehand winner set up a break point in the first game, but Hantuchova saved it with a forehand swing volley. She held and broke Ana in the next game when the 19-year-old hit a backhand long.
When Hantuchova held to lead 3-0, it was looking bleak for Ana. But, just as she did against Kuznetsova; against Nicole Vaidisova at Wimbledon, and against Jelena Jankovic in Los Angeles, Ana became inspired as defeat looked near.
She broke back in the fifth game and some excellent attacking tennis earned her a break to lead 4-3. A smile of delight after a winning drop shot in the eighth game was followed by a clenched fist as she held to lead 5-3.
Hantuchova held, and earned two break points as Ana served to level the match. The Slovakian missed a routine forehand drive with the court at her mercy on her second break point, and after Ana hit an ace to earn set point, which she converted, the tide had very much turned.
Ana looked to be in the ascendancy throughout the deciding set. She didn't face a single break point, but it wasn't until Hantuchova served at 3-3 that Ana's superiority was reflected on the scoreboard. She clinched what proved to be the pivotal break and confidently served out the match to seal the fifth title of her career after two hours and 25 minutes.
Just as she did in Berlin and Los Angeles, the teenager threw her racket skywards in euphoria, her stunning 2007 season just getting better and better.