Ana slips to Vinci defeat

Ana slips to Vinci defeat

Ana lost 7-5, 6-3 to fifth seed Roberta Vinci in the quarter-finals of the PTT Pattaya Open.

The 23-year-old was broken in the opening game, as she served two double faults. However, she was soon on level terms and the match was keenly contested throughout the first set.

Ana was hitting the ball cleanly but appeared to lack the conviction to go for the lines. Vinci capitalised, using her slice-backhand down-the-line masterfully.

The Italian served for the set at 5-4 but Ana broke back, only to produce one of her worst service games of the tournament in the following game. Vinci served out the set.

Ana fell a break behind early in the second set. She had several opportunities to break back when trailing 4-3, but the ultra-consistent Vinci was in no mood to let her back in it, and Ana suffered her first loss to the Italian in five matches.

"She played really well," said Ana. "I felt like I was very much in the match, and I wasn't far away from playing some good tennis, but I couldn't quite find my rhythm.

"I'm not too disappointed overall. I'm never happy to lose in the quarter-finals of a tournament, but after the disappointments of Melbourne I'm pleased I could get three matches under my belt, and I hope to build on this in Dubai and Doha.

Ana, who was making her first appearance in Thailand, added: "I'd love to come back.

"I've had a really nice time off the court. Everyone was so friendly and smiling, and there are many places here that I would like to visit.