Madrid run ended by Sharapova

Madrid run ended by Sharapova

Ana was unable to reach the final of the Mutua Madrid Open as she fell 6-4, 6-3 to world No.2 Maria Sharapova of Russia. The 16th seed had her chances in a close opening set but she could not take advantage of them, converting just one out of four break opportunities.
 
Ana made a good impression during the early stages of the match. She opened the contest with a hold to 15 and set the pace in the early exchanges. Ana tested the Sharapova serve in the fourth game as she earned two break points, but she was unable to convert despite being helped by three double faults from the Russian.
 
All of the following three games went against serve: in the first instance, Ana managed to undo a break in the sixth game, but she could not recover from a third loss of serve, which proved fatal as the Russian served out the set.
 
Ana also made the better start in set two. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, she could not consolidate an early break, with the pair leveling at 3-3. 
 
The seventh game was crucial for the outcome of the match: Ana held two game points to go 4-3 up, but she was eventually broken when the world No.2 produced a classy lob shot.
 
The Russian lifted her level as the battle progressed and she wrapped up the match in fine style, adding another break in game nine. With today’s triumph, the Russian extends her winning streak on clay to 21 and she scores her 500th professional victory.

Meanwhile, Ana heads to Rome for the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

By Joeri Moerman