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Ana reached the last eight of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over world No.11 Nadia Petrova. With today’s win in 80 minutes, she extends her winning streak on clay to four matches as she continued her fine form on German soil.
Despite the comfortable straight sets win, it took the 25-year-old some time to produce her best tennis. She was broken in the third game, fell behind 4-2, and twice faced another break point for a double-break deficit as Petrova began as the more aggressive player.
However, Ana produced a sharp turnaround as she efficiently exploited two out of her two break opportunities to reel off four straight games, and with them she wrapped up the opening set.
Both players lost their serve twice during the opening six games of the second set. As the pair were level at 3-3, it was Ana who took command of the rallies with some blistering groundstrokes and pressed the Russian a couple of metres behind the baseline.
The 25-year-old held serve to love and earned three break points on the Petrova serve in the next game. She succeeded to break on the third occasion before clinching victory on serve some minutes later.
Ana will face top seed and four-time Grand slam champion Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals on Friday.
By Joeri Moerman
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