Ana eases into round three

Ana eases into round three

Ana coasted into the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open with a straightforward 6-4, 6-2 win over world No.40 Bojana Jovanovski. It was a solid performance by the 26-year-old, who hit 22 winners and remained un-broken throughout the 75 minute match.
 
Four of the five matches that were scheduled before Ana’s on the Manolo Santara court went to three sets and consequently it was already past 11.15pm local time when Ana finally stepped on court.
 
There was not much to separate the pair in the opening set, as Jovanovski played some excellent tennis. All of the first seven games went along with serve, but it was Jovanovski who enforced the first break point opportunities of the match in game eight. Ana had to save three of them and eventually battled on to hold serve, before taking full advantage of her third break point in the next game; it proved sufficient to wrap up the set.
 
In the second chapter, Ana dominated throughout. She scored an early break in game three and soared on to go ahead 4-1, breaking the Jovanovski serve for a second time in game five.
 
Jovanovski fought gamely and even earned some chances to snatch back a break, but the 11th seed seemingly didn’t want to spend much more time on court and she saved all three of the opportunities. The former world No.1 served out the match to love two games later, sealing her third round ticket with a nice forehand winner.

The victory means that Ana has won more matches this season (26) than any other WTA player.

Ana will face either Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or world No.7 Jelena Jankovic in the third round on Thursday.

By Joeri Moerman