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Ana conquered world No.19 Samantha Stosur from Australia in her second match at the GARANTi KOZA Tournament of Champions in Sofia. With the 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory in just under two hours of play, the 25-year-old took sweet revenge for her defeat against the Australian in Moscow two weeks ago.
The contest was intense from the very first point. Ana faced three break opportunities in the opening game, but got rid of all of them to score an immediate moral advantage over her opponent.
Indeed, after holding to love in the third game, Ana broke the Australian to 15 and she was brimming with confidence as she took a 5-2 lead. Stosur tried to aim her crafty kick serves towards Ana’s backhand, but the 25-year-old anticipated extremely well and she stepped into the court, returning the ball very early to prevent it from bouncing too high. Ana added a second break of serve and fired a classy unreturnable backhand down-the-line to seal the first set.
Despite a 0-30 deficit in the opening game, Ana also started with great flair in the second act. She served herself out of trouble and always appeared to be in firm control from the baseline. The former world No.1 confidently steered the rallies and hammered blistering winner after winner, although she was unable to force a breakthrough as all games went with the server until game seven.
Ana went 30-40 down in that game and was broken out of the blue. She managed to undo the break in game ten to level at 5-all, but a second loss of serve in the following game was fatal for the 25-year-old.
After letting the second set slip, Ana immediately restored her dominance over the Australian and she carved a 2-0 lead onto the scoreboard. Although breaks were traded in the following two games, it was clear that Ana was the player who was in the driver’s seat. She produced two solid service games and surged into a 5-2 lead, before she took advantage of her first match point on the Stosur serve to book an extremely satisfying victory.
Ana will face world No.25 Elena Vesnina from Russia in her final match of the round-robin stage on Friday.
"I really started the match well," said Ana.
"I didn't do a lot wrong. In the second set she started to play better, and I was really happy I was able to stay calm in the third set, serve well, and close out the match."
By Joeri Moerman