Ana battles into quarter-finals

Ana battles into quarter-finals

Ana battled through to the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Great-Britain’s Laura Robson. The 25-year-old was down 5-2 in the decider before she reeled off four games and eventually closed out the match in a tiebreak.
 
The opening games were an instant display of the events to follow: both players were broken during their first service game as double faults were thrown in on each side of the net. In fact, 15 breaks of serve were counted throughout the match, with Ana and Robson serving 10 and 11 double faults respectively  during the two hours and 12 minutes of play.
 
The first set was a tense affair, with the rallies contested at a very high pace. Robson got a first chance to score a breakthrough, but Ana managed to slug out a though hold in the eighth game.
 
However, the brisk teenager didn’t let up. The lefty earned another break point in the 12th game and this time, Robson succeeded to break Ana’s serve for a second time in the set.
 
A reproduction from the opening set was likely at the start of set two, with both players surrendering their serve at the first time of asking. Breaks came and went, but this time it was Ana who wrapped up the set as Robson was unable to hold serve once during the set. Ana barraged the Briton’s second delivery and despite losing serve twice herself, she was never troubled as she comfortably clinched the set. 
 
In the decider some breaks were traded early on, but things didn’t seem very rosy for Ana when Robson surged from 2-2 into a 5-2 lead. The youngster was hardly making any mistakes and hammered freely from both wings, while Ana netted almost every return of serve.
 
At this moment, 19-year-old Robson stood on the verge of her first Premier Mandatory quarter-final. But although she had already beaten Agnieszka Radwanska in the previous round, Robson’s arm got shaky with the thought of a second straight upset victory. It resulted in more double faults creeping into her game. Ana recovered from the double break deficit and forced the contest into a tiebreak.
 
In the tiebreak, everything was tied at 4-4, until Ana hit a quick winner and went 6-4 ahead. The world No. 41 saved the first match point but she double faulted to give Ana the match just after the stroke of midnight.

By Joeri Moerman