Triumphant start in Moscow

Triumphant start in Moscow

 
Ana produced a dominant performance as she dismantled Valeria Solovieva from Russia in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. The fourth seed triumphed 6-1, 6-4 in 65 minutes, hitting 31 winners en route to victory.
 
The world No.216, a qualifier, already had four matches under her belt in Moscow and took command over the first exchanges of the match. Solovieva immediately earned three break points, but Ana cleared them all away with great style.

As soon as Ana found her rhythm and depth of groundstroke, the discrepancy of quality became very noticeable.

Ana broke to 15 in the second game and added a love service game to take a comfortable 3-0 lead. The 24-year-old outplayed the Russian, although the 19-year-old gave her very best and always made Ana hit one more stroke to win the point.
 
To the delight of the home crowd, Solovieva’s efforts were rewarded as the Russian got on the scoreboard in the sixth game. Nonetheless, she could not impede Ana from winning the first set, which she cliched thanks to another love game in under 25 minutes.
 
Set two was a much tighter affair. The rallies got more intense and no break opportunities were allowed, until the Russian’s resistance broke and she lost serve in the seventh game.

As it also had occurred in the first set, Ana finished the task with a convincing love game to get into the last eight.
 
Ana will meet compatriot and qualifier Vesna Dolonc, who defeated world No.48 Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0, in the quarter-finals.

The match between Ana and the world No.160 is scheduled to start at 6.30pm local time on Friday (4.30pm Central European Time; 10.30am Eastern Time).

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By Joeri Moerman