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Ana moved into the third round of the US Open with a business-like 7-5, 6-3 victory over Japan’s Aiko Nakamura. The world No.76 played above her level for much of the match but Ana’s class came through.
“She played some really good tennis,” said Ana. “I didn’t start very well, there were too many mistakes. But I started to play better, a bit more aggressive and in the end I'm pleased to win in two sets."
Nakamura, displaying great consistency and movement, scored the first break of the as Ana’s ground game failed to ignite. In a match played under floodlights, the Japanese woman frustrated Ana by keeping a good length on her shots and retrieving all but Ana’s most brutal forehands.
Nakamura built a 5-2 first set lead before Ana cut out some of the unforced errors. She broke back in the ninth game thanks largely to a stunning cross-court backhand, making her first cry of “ajde” as she did so. “It was important that I got that break,” said Ana. “My game began to improve then and I felt more confident. I’m really happy I could make this comeback.”
A hold to love, followed by another break of serve enabled Ana to serve for the set. She confidently closed it out after 44 minutes.
Ana, who wore her black adidas top and white skirt, scored the decisive break of the second set in the fifth game. She added a further break as Nakamura served to stay in the match and sealed victory with a forehand service return down-the-line winner.
The 18-year-old, who hit 34 winners and 32 unforced errors during the 80-minute match, will play two-time former champion Serena in the third round.
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