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Ana surged to the 14th tournament victory of her career as she clinched her first ever title on grass by beating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.
It was a virtually flawless week for Ana, who dropped only 21 games in five straight-sets wins. She spent just five hours and 44 minutes on court, while the Premier $700,000 title is Ana's biggest since winning the French Open in 2008.
It took Ana just 58 minutes to confirm her place in the final of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham. The top seed triumphed 6-2, 6-2 over China's Shuai Zhang.
Just as she had in her previous matches here in England this week, Ana got off to a slow start. She was broken and trailed 2-0 early on.
From this point on, Ana asserted her superiority. She overwhelmed the world No.36 with the same brand of attacked grass court tennis that had seen her lose only 12 games in her previous three matches.
Ana is into the semi-finals of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham courtest of a 6-1, 6-4 victory over sixth seed Klara Koukalova.
It was more of the same from Ana, who chalked up her third straight win: all three Birmingham victories have come with the loss of no more than five games each.
The victory means that no WTA player has won more matches this season than Ana: the 26-year-old and Agnieszka Radwanska have won 36 matches each.
Ana produced one of the finest volleying displays of her career as she dismantled American world No.61 Lauren Davis in the third round of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.
Although her forays to the net were infrequent, the 26-year-old displayed sublime touch as she dominated from both the net and the baseline. She sealed victory in just 69 minutes.
A series of "Rally For Bally” exhibition matches will take place in the United Kingdom on Sunday, as the tennis world pays its respect for former British No.1 Elena Baltacha, who died of liver cancer last month.
Past and present players such as Andy Murray, Martina Navratilova, Marion Bartoli, Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova will take part in mixed doubles exhibition matches at Queen’s Club, Birmingham and Eastbourne.
Ana overcame a slow start, a few raindrops and a dangerous opponent as she moved into the third round of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham. The top seed triumphed 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and six minutes.
Playing her first grass court match in almost a year, Ana started sluggishly. Barthel looked strident and she broke in the opening game of the match. She even had a break point to lead 3-0, before Ana began to find her rhythm on the pacy green surface.
Despite her French Open third round defeat, Ana has held onto a position in the top 8 in the Road to Singapore, the rankings that determine the eight qualifiers for the WTA Finals.
In the entry rankings, Ana has fallen one place to No.13.
Current WTA Singles Rankings top 20:
Current WTA Top 20 Entry Rankings:
1 Serena Williams (USA) 9,660pts
2 Na Li (Chn) 7,450pts
3 Simona Halep (Rou) 6,435pts
4 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 5,990pts
5 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 4,741pts
Ana is the top seed at the AEGON Classic, which begins in Biringham on Monday. She receives a bye in round one of the 56-woman event.
In round two Ana will take on either Mona Barthel or Ajla Tomljanovic. Lauren Davis, Caroline Garcia or a qualifier could await in round three.
If Ana reaches the quarter-finals she could meet sixth seed Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic. Third seed Sloane Stephens is a likely semi-final opponent.