Updated: Ana eases past Loit

Updated: Ana eases past Loit

Ana has only played seven matches at Roland Garros in her short career but already she has ended the hopes of three home favourites. Today she demolished Frenchwoman Emilie Loit 6-1, 6-1 to set up a third round meeting with tenth seed Anastasia Myskina.

“It was kind of a tough match,” said Ana. “I played my game and didn’t really give her the chance to play hers. I took all my chances and I was a little bit luckier than her.”

In truth, that is a modest statement from Ana, who was by far the superior player. Loit held her opening service game but thereafter it was one-way traffic as Ana seized control of the match. She won the first set in just 25 minutes amid a litany of errors from her opponent.

“I think she can play a lot better than that,” said Ana. “But part of that is because I didn’t let her play her game.”

Illustrating her adaptability, Ana played a different style of match to the one that overwhelmed Samantha Stosur in the first round. Whereas that performance was one of unbridled power, Ana demonstrated plenty of variety here. She hit a number of looping, topspin backhands, which are the forte of the Frenchwoman, but turned up the heat when necessary.

Ana said: “I tried to get into the rhythm, to play more spin and keep her back, so I could come into the court. It was also a little bit windy so I had to try and get into the rhythm. It was working well, so I didn’t have the need to change anything.”

Such an approach was reflected in the match statistics: Ana hit a restrained total of 16 winners, but made only 17 unforced errors.

Ana took her form from the first set into the second, breaking immediately as she breezed to her most comprehensive victory of the year in just 47 minutes.

“High percentage!” joked Ana when told that she has now ousted three Frenchwomen from the tournament in the past two years. “I enjoy so much coming back here and playing. I’m just taking it step by step and enjoying every moment.”

By Gavin Versi

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