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Nadia Petrova, whom Ana defeated 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the East West Bank Classic, gave a generous tribute to the teenager. She praised almost every aspect of Ana’s game.
“I would say she just rips it off without event thinking,” the world No.9 said about Ana’s instinctive forehand. “Comparing with any other players, it is the best forehand by far on tour.”
Ana captured her fourth Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title by beating Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the East West Bank Classic. The teenager defeated the world No.9 in an hour and 34 minutes to complete a perfect return to the Tour following a short injury-enforced absence.
Ana, sporting her new adidas purple top and white skirt outfit, drew first blood when she broke the Russian to lead 2-1.
Petrova broke straight back and the next four games included just two points won against the serve.
Power tennis. Many cited it as the reason Martina Hingis initially retired; the age of ferocious athleticism was upon her and she was literally getting hit off the court, so the experts claimed. Don’t look now Martina because a new statistic called the Power Index has been introduced by the Sony Ericsson WTA tour that measures a player’s overall power level in terms of the hitting speed of various strokes.
Ana produced another astonishing comeback as she defeated world No.3 Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the semi-finals of the East West Bank Classic. The 19-year-old recovered from a 1-4 final set deficit and saved two match points at 4-5 before completing a breathless victory.
Jankovic took the first set and had a host of break points in the second but Ana came back to level the match.
The second seed grabbed an early break in the decider but Ana again fought back, hitting a flurry of fabulous forehand winners as she turned the tables on Jankovic.
Ana has been drawn to face either Frenchwoman Severine Bremond or a qualifer/lucky loser in the second round of the Rogers Cup presented by American Express, which begins on Monday. She is seeded fourth and receives a bye in round one.
Ana is the defending champion and has never lost in Canada: two years ago she withdrew with an injury before her third round match here and last year she clinched her first ever Tier I title in Montreal. Overall her win-loss record in Canada is 7-0.
Ana continued her fine form in the East West Bank Classic with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over world No.35 Maria Kirilenko.
The Russian made a flawless start and Ana quickly found herself 3-0 then 4-1 down. She hit back, however, winning the next five games to take the first set after a lengthy 56 minutes.
Ana had no such troubles in the second set. She broke her former doubles partner in the opening game then held serve to stretch her winning run to seven games.
Ana reached the last eight of the East West Bank Classic with a 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of world No.24 Lucie Safarova.
The 19-year-old recovered from a 40-0 deficit on Safarova's serve in the opening game and immediately broke. She missed a break point opportunity in the third game, but converted another in the seventh to seal a double break. She comfortably served out the set.
Ana beat American Ashley Harkleroad 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the East West Bank Classic. The 19-year-old, seeded third, defeated the world No.91 in 72 minutes in her first match since the Wimbledon semi-finals a month ago.
Ana served five aces and skilfully dealt with her opponent's extremely high first serve percentage of 94.