Re: Ana's 2008 Down Under Campaign
Well that was certainly much closer than it should have been. She played unbelievably well in the 1st set, one of the best sets of tennis I’ve seen her play. She was hitting winner after winner and she was really mixing it up by coming into net every now and then and her volleying was impressive. As I said earlier, her movement has improved out of sight and she’s able to get to a lot more balls now. She’s lost a bit of weight since I last saw her which is good.
I’m not sure what happened in the second set. She was still playing decently but her opponent started to really lift her play and use Ana’s pace. Ana had a few chances to get back into the set but after a long game at 4-2 she failed to take a few break points and Razzano held her serve. Then Ana was broken to love in the final game of the set and she was looking to finish the set as quickly as possible. At the conclusion of the set, her coach came down and spoke to her and gave her some encouragement.
She started off the third set with the instructions of hitting the ball deeper and taking it right to Razzano. However she started the final set pretty poorly and she found herself in a big hole down 5-2. She was in trouble on serve but she managed to hold on and then when Razzano was serving for the set she really tightened up and Ana took full advantage. After breaking to make it 5-4, Ana’s service game was extremely solid. She served very well and from this point onwards there was only going to be one winner. Ana was extremely pumped up towards the latter stages of the set and after every point she won she was pumping the fist. She gave her typical squeal after taking the match and lots of fist pumping.
Well it was a lot tougher than I had anticipated, especially after she cruised through the 1st set. It’s hard to explain what happened because she’s in such great condition and she was hitting the ball as clean as ever. She did start making quite a few unforced errors and although her backhand has improved a heck of a lot it is one room for further improvement as it’s a tad unreliable. I’d extremely glad she won because I think she needs to get a few more matches under her belt before the Australian Open in order to be fully prepared.