Updated: Doubles dream dashed

Updated: Doubles dream dashed

Ana’s Nasdaq-100 Open is over after she and Sania Mirza lost 7-5, 6-0 to eighth seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Shinobu Asagoe in the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles competition.

The teenage pair, who have a combined doubles ranking of 136 versus their opponents’ 83, got off to a poor start. Despite Ana serving an ace on the opening point of the match, the Slovenian-Japanese team surged to a 3-0 lead as Asagoe made several crafty interceptions at the net.

However, the youngsters’ confidence grew and they reeled off four games in a row to lead 4-3. Another turnaround ensued when the more experienced Srebotnik and Asagoe began to dominate net exchanges. They won 10 of the next 11 games to complete victory in 64 minutes.

“I don’t think it was a really great match,” said Ana. “We had some chances in the first set, we came back. But then we made quite a few unforced errors.”

Mirza agreed: “We were playing well in patches. The problem was we weren’t playing well together – either she was playing well or I was playing well. That doesn’t work in doubles. But this was the first time we’ve played together and we had a couple of great matches [in the previous rounds].”

Despite the defeat Ana will be content with her performances in the team event here. She has played only eight doubles tournaments on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and this competition marks only her third ever appearance in a women’s doubles quarter-final.

By Gavin Versi