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Ana thrashed Britain's Sarah Borwell 6-1, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Championships. In a match lasting just 46 minutes, Ana gave a much improved performance on her first round showing, blasting 22 winners and making just 12 unforced errors.
“It was quite a good match for me,” said Ana. “I was really aggressive, coming into the court. She has a great serve but I managed to play even better returns, which was very important. I’m really happy with the way I played.”
Despite opening the match with a double fault and making three unforced errors, Ana surged into a 3-0 lead before Borwell, the world No.249, got her name on the scoreboard. Ana was in total control, dominating the rallies with her forehand and putting pressure on the 26-year-old’s deliveries by standing inside the baseline to receive serve.
“With my game, I don’t feel that I would ever get blown off the court,” said Borwell. “But with someone like Ivanovic, whose serve is bigger than mine, I was hitting possibly the hardest serves I could, and she was just putting them past me. It’s pretty daunting, to be honest.”
Ana was relentless, bossing almost every baseline exchange and, when her opponent approached the net, the 18-year-old passed her more often than not. Borwell could not cope with the pace of Ana’s strokes. “I’ve never seen the ball come at me that hard before,” she said.
The second set followed a similar pattern to the first, as Ana continued to dominate. “I concentrated throughout the match,” said Ana, who sealed victory with a trademark inside-out forehand winner.
“I thought about what I had to do, for example staying low because of the bounce on grass. I definitely improved on this from the first match [against Gagliardi].
“I took the opportunities I had and didn’t give her the chance to play her game. That was the key to the match. I was also a little bit more relaxed and knew what I wanted to do. I’m going to try and do the same for the next one.”
Ana faces 14th seeded Russian Dinara Safina in round three on Saturday.
By Gavin Versi
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