Ana moves past Bertens

Ana moves past Bertens

Ana reached the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over world No.93 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. The 14th seed triumphed after 92 minutes to set up a meeting with Germany's Annika Beck.

Ana took an early lead in what proved to be a scappy match, packed with no fewer than 14 breaks of serve; there were just six holds of service. It was a somewhat nervous beginning to the tournament by Ana, but her class proved to be decisive.

In the first set Ana saved an early break point before building a 4-1 lead. She clinched the opening set when Bertens fired a double fault.

The 22-year-old Dutchwoman appeared to suffer from heat stress mid-way through the match, but she steadied herself and led 4-3 with a break.

It was at this moment that Ana found some of her best form, when it really mattered, and she won the final three games of the match.
 
"It was not a great match. I mean, it was a little bit obvious," said Ana. 
 
"We had a lot of breaks, a lot of shaky points. I really felt I struggled with my first few steps towards the ball today. 

"But, it's something to improve on to the next match, to get the level...first round is never easy, especially playing an opponent I haven't faced before. I didn't know much about her. 

"I'm just thrilled to be through and move on to the next round."