Spirited Ana falls to Stosur

Spirited Ana falls to Stosur

The highly-entertaining encounter between Ana and world No. 9 Samantha Stosur in the semi-finals of the Kremlin Cup ended with an anti-climax as Ana suffered a right thigh injury during the decisive third set. The 24-year-old battled on but was unable to perform at her highest level and eventually lost 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 after one hour and 50 minutes.

Both big-hitters made their attacking intentions clear from the very beginning as they won their first service game to love, but from that point, it was all one-way traffic from Ana as the fourth seed produced a top class set of tennis.

Stosur was barely in the match, with Ana ruthlessly dictating terms from her forehand wing and posting impressive winners-to-unforced errors figures of 20-10 during the first set. She broke the seasoned Stosur serve three times and clinched the first set in absolute style with an ace.

Ana started the second set with the same flair. She attacked her opponent’s delivery and earned two break points in the first game, but was unable to convert them.

She would pay the price in the eighth game as Stosur took advantage of her second break opportunity and scored an extremely important break from which Ana would never recover.

Despite losing the second set, Ana was in no mood to let her opponent take command and she opened the decider with a love game on serve.

However, Ana showed some signs of discomfort in the fourth game and asked the umpire to call the trainer. She received off-court treatment, returned on court with a heavily strapped right thigh, which unfortunately for Ana didn’t bring any consolation.

The 24-year-old refused to retire but was clearly hindered as she could not prevent the Australian from winning five games in a row to seal victory.

The event in Moscow marks the end of Ana's WTA season. Injury notwithstanding, she will now prepare for the Fed Cup final, which takes place in Prague during 3-4 November.