Ana holds nerve to reach final

Ana holds nerve to reach final

Producing her best tennis of the week, Ana saw off former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki 7-6(5), 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Monterrey Open.

Wozniacki was ruthless with her break point opportunities in the opening set, converting all three, but Ana showed greater consistency in the tiebreak.

She took her game to another level, as the Dane struggled in set two, and stormed into a 4-0 lead. She was on the verge of a 5-0 advantage as she served, but a few untimely unforced errors cast doubt on the outcome.

In fact, Wozniacki fought her way back to 4-4, and Ana looked vulnerable.

She regrouped admirably, continuing to dominate the Dane with her heavy groundstrokes, and she held for 5-4.

Ana opened up a 15-40 and two-match points advantage in the 10th game but she netted both her returns.

Undeterred, she clinched victory on the fourth break point when Wozniacki's backhand sailed long.

“It was a great match tonight, I played really well especially in the beginning of the second set," said Ana.

"She struck the ball well, we have had very close matches in the past, so it was really a treat to win."

Ana will take on fellow Serba Jovana Jaksic in the final on Sunday. Jaksic tweeted this photo of herself and Ana shortly after the 26-year-old's win. The pair have been friends since spending time together here last year, when Jaksic made her WTA Tour debut.

"I wasn’t expecting a Serbian final, Jovana is such a great girl she has been on a great run, it’s very inspiring to see how motivated and excited she is, I’m really happy for her and know it will be a fun match for both.”

The final will take place at 6pm local time (2am Monday Central European Time; 8pm Eastern Time). Click here for live point-by-point scoring from Club Sonoma.

Photo: Manuela Davies / doubleXposure.com