Ana exits Australian Open

Ana exits Australian Open

Ana is out of the Australian Open in Melbourne following a 6-2, 6-4 defeat against fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Although the figures on the scoreboard are unambiguous, the 25-year-old had her chances to compete with her opponent from Poland, but the virtually flawless performance by Radwanska proved simply too good.
Ana started the match poorly. She was broken in the opening game, while Radwanska easily held her serve to love to take a quick 2-0 lead.
The No.13 seed gradually improved her level. She followed the example from her opponent by holding serve to love in game three and with some classy points, she got into a 0-30 lead in the next game. Luck wasn’t on her side in the next rally when a forehand passing shot just missed the line and although she earned two break points later, the Radwanska serve was invulnerable.
Somewhat atypically, Ana’s forehand left her in the lurch during the first half of the match and despite limiting the damage with some wonderful backhand winners down-the-line, it was Radwanska who scored a second break in the seventh game.

The shrewd Pole maintained her incredible solidity and served out the opening set to love, with just two unforced errors coming from her racket during the first 27 minutes of the match.
The second set followed a similar pattern. Again, Ana made a slow start and conceded an early break, before holding serve comfortably in the third game.
However, it was Radwanska who proved her tenacity and ultra-consistency on the crucial points. Moreover the Pole was serving extremely well, clearing away five break points in set two with some well-placed serves.
Just as it had occurred in the first set, Radwanska finished the match in a chic way. She held serve to love in the tenth game and secured her place in the quarter-finals with an ace.

"Obviously I'm disappointed," said Ana. "I really feel I was miss timing a lot of balls in the first set. I started playing better in the second set, but she played a good match. She's a really tough player. 

"And rankings don't lie. She's there because she deserves it."

By Joeri Moerman