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Ana’s Wimbledon campaign ended in the third round as she fell 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to world No.19 Sabine Lisicki. The match, which started on Saturday evening, was interrupted twice and underwent a momentum switch at least as that eventually saw the German emerge victorious after one hour and 51 minutes of play.
Ana had her gameplan ready for the resumption after the match was suspended on Saturday due to bad light. Although she faced a break point when returning to No.1 Court in the third game of the set, two huge first serves got her out of danger.
Then, just as it had occurred in the first set on Saturday, three straight breaks of serve were to follow. This time, it was Ana who surged into a 4-2 lead with flawless tennis and she added a supreme service game shortly after to gain a three-game gap.
But in the eighth game, dark clouds were gathering and play was halted for a second time as rain began to fall at deuce. Ana was just two points away from a deciding set when the match resumed, but it was Lisicki who scored two quick points to make the 26-year-old serve for it. Ana served the set out in sublime fashion, holding to love, albeit with a little help from the net cord on set point.
Despite the morale-boosting second set win, the third started disastrously for the 11th seed, as she faced a 0-40 deficit on serve in the second game. She managed to save all of the three break points in convincing manner, but Ana could not prevent Lisicki from scoring the break on her fourth chance when a backhand from the former world No.1 sailed long.
Lisicki's serve was much-improved following the rain delay. The German won 92 per cent of her first serves in the third set and consequently she was virtually inpenetrable during her service games.
Lisicki went 4-1 up and with Ana’s serve going off in this deciding set - her points won on the first delivery dropped from 83 percent to 50 - the German earned a second break with some ultra-deep and aggressive returning. The world No.19 continued her impeccable serving as she secured her place in the fourth round to love in the next game, hitting an ace on match point.
By Joeri Moerman