Rain halts rampant Ana

Rain halts rampant Ana

Play was suspended overnight at the Rogers Cup as Ana led ninth seed Dinara Safina 6-1, 3-4 in their semi-final match.

Ana raced through the opening set. She was virtually unplayable as she produced some of her finest tennis yet to render the Russian a virtual spectator. The set was Ana’s in just 23 minutes. Fittingly, she sealed it with her third ace.

As well as Ana played – and it was a breathtaking display of power play – she was only halfway to completing the job. Safina crucially held serve in the opening game of the second set then the automatic line-calling system Hawk-Eye was perhaps responsible for a shift in momentum.

There was nothing to worry about as Ana served at 30-0, but a successful challenge by the Russian, and a triumphant replayed point, gave her hope. When Ana herself failed with a challenge the 20-year-old earned her first break point of the match, which she converted.

Safina led 4-1 and was firmly into the match, at which point the pendulum swung back Ana’s way: she rattled off eight straight points with more fearsome hitting to get back on terms, before the heavens opened.

The players returned after a 45-minute delay but the showers only got stronger so they headed back to the locker room. Play was eventually abandoned for the night at 10.02pm local time.

Ana and Safina will resume on Sunday at 11am local time (5pm Central European Time) with a place in the final against seventh seed and former world No.1 Martina Hingis up for grabs.

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