Updated: Venus defeats Ana

Updated: Venus defeats Ana

Ana lost 6-3, 6-4 to former world No.1 Venus Williams in the first round of the FORTIS Championships.

“It was a very difficult first round for me,” said Ana, who served six double faults, including several at inopportune moments. “She was playing very well and serving much better during the whole match. My serve was very up-and-down. That was one of the most important factors in this match.”

Making her first appearance in an indoor tournament since Antwerp in February, Ana made a bright start as she broke in the opening game and held for a 2-0 lead.

But the five-time Grand Slam champion hit straight back. Then, with the score locked at 3-3, the American showed her experience as she powered to the opening set 6-3.

The first three games of the second set were all service breaks until Williams held then broke again to lead 4-1. Staring defeat in the face, Ana’s level improved and she broke back.

Having converted all three of her break points up to this point, Ana could not capitalise on a fourth as Venus served at 4-3. In the next game Ana produced arguably her best point of the match: the teenager finished a lengthy rally at the net to give herself hope of taking the match into a deciding set.

Indeed, as Williams served for the match at 5-4, the 18-year-old had two more break points. But she could do nothing as the American served an ace then dominated the next point with a big first serve. Eventually, after 72 minutes, she closed out the match with another service winner.

“It was a better quality match than when we played in Zurich,” said Ana, who lost 7-6, 7-6 to Williams in Switzerland two years ago. “She played very well. She’s a great champion so there is no disgrace losing to someone as good as her.

“Two years ago she didn’t know what to expect against me but now because I’ve been playing on the Tour for some time she was well prepared.”