Ana suffers Kvitova collapse

Ana suffers Kvitova collapse

In an extraordinary match at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, Ana led eighth seed Petra Kvitova 6-3 thanks to some beautiful play, only to lose the next 12 games and fall to a 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 defeat.
 
The 26-year-old was superb during the opening set, especially on serve as she three games to love and all of the points on her first delivery. The match turned in an instant when Ana served a double fault to lose her serve in the second game of the second set. Thereafter, Ana was poor while Kvitova was almost unplayable.
 
Ana immediately took command over the rallies and she converted the only break opportunity of the opening set, maximally exploiting two double faults from the Czech in the fourth game. It was a brilliant opening set from Ana in all aspects and she clinched it 6-3, dropping just four points on serve.
 
However, all the positives from that opening set quickly melted away in the second and third. The 26-year-old delivered two double faults in her first service game of the second act and her serve completely collapsed as the match progressed. From one double fault during the opening set, Ana served nine throughout the rest of the match. 

While Ana struggled on serve, the Czech was virtually flawless on the other side of the net. She hit one blistering groundstroke after another and overpowered Ana during the exchanges. The latter was forced to chase every ball but Kvitova, to her credit, patiently built up the points and reeled off twelve games to reach the quarter-finals in a three set match that lasted just 76 minutes.

By Joeri Moerman