Ana surges on

Ana surges on

Ana produced another inspired performance as she overwhelmed Russian Elena Vesnina 6-0, 6-3 in the third round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Cincinnati.
Similarly to yesterday, Ana started furiously, holding serve with ease and delivering unstoppable returns on Vesnina’s second serve.

After 15 minutes, Ana was holding a 4-0 lead while winning every single point on the second serve of the Russian up to that moment. Ana raged on and achieved a first set whitewash.

Vesnina won her first game as she held serve in the beginning of the second set, but just a few minutes later Ana had held and broken the Russian again. The 22-year-old herself faced three breakpoints in the next game, but succeeded to resist and take a 4-1 edge. Ana kept her composure in the remaining games and converted her first match point after just 64 minutes.

"Today was another good match," said Ana. "She's a tough opponent, but I really tried to stay focused and tried not think of the result, and played a really good match, which I'm really pleased about.

"I think I was really aggressive and didn't give her many chances. I was trying to be aggressive on her serve as well and just basically try to stay in the moment.

"Because if you're 3-Love up or 4-Love up, it's easy to let a few games slip, and then you find yourself in a difficult position. I've done that in the past a lot, so now I'm really conscious of that.

"Now I just try to work for each game like it's a new game, the beginning of a match, and I find it works well for me because I can really stay in the moment."

Ana will face Akgul Amanmuradova in the quarter-finals on Friday after the Uzbekistani beat former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic 7-6, 6-4.

By Joeri Moerman