Barthel beats Ana in three

Barthel beats Ana in three

Ana didn’t succeed in reaching the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells as she disappointingly fell 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 to world No.28 Mona Barthel from Germany.
 
Ana was all at sea at the beginning of the match. She got broken in her first service game and quickly trailed 3-0 as she allowed Barthel to take the driver’s seat, while Ana appeared flat and dull on the other side of the net. The former world No.1 never produced her best tennis, struggling with her movement and depth of strokes. Consequently it took the 22-year-old German just 23 minutes to wrap up the opening set 6-1.
 
Set two was a far more keenly contested encounter, with Ana immediately applying pressure on the Barthel serve. She held break opportunities in games two and four but was unable to convert on both occasions. No breaks of serve were allowed until the eighth game, when Ana finally scored a breakthrough during a ten-minute cat-and-mouse game in which Barthel saved six break points, before eventually surrendering serve for the first time.
 
At that moment, it seemed like Ana had completely washed away her lacklustre performance in the opening set. She held to love in the following game to force the contest into a third set with all the portents present for a high-quality showpiece.
 
Ana did made a promising start to the decider, firing a return winner down-the-line on the first point, but she quickly relapsed to her first set’s level as she lost serve in the second game and fell behind 3-0.
 
A 40-0 lead in the fourth game could have heralded a new revival, but Barthel captured Ana’s serve for a second time in the set after winning all of the next five points. The double break deficit completely dismantled the 25-year-old’s resistance and from this point, the match was again completely in the hands of the German.
 
Barthel whitewashed Ana, who made 41 unforced errors throughout the match in the third set as she advanced to the round of 16 in exactly 100 minutes.  

By Joeri Moerman