Ana's singles run at the Olympic Tennis Event ended in the
third round with a 6-3, 6-4 loss against four-time Grand
Slam champion Kim Clijsters. The 24-year-old served solidly
throughout the match but one loss of serve in each set
The weather gods were in a bad mood and played a
cat-and-mouse game with the players. Even before the pair
managed to finish their initial warm-up, the court had to
be re-covered. After a 40-minute rain delay, Clijsters
started like a whirlwind. She won her first service game in
overbearing style and forced a break point shortly after,
which Ana saved with an ace. The break did follow two games
later, as Clijsters was superbly returning Ana's second
delivery and the 24-year-old struggled with her backhand.
At 5-3 and 0-30 on the Clijsters serve, Ana's forehand drop
shot just stuck to the net cord and she saw a unique chance
to re-break melt away. Clijsters recovered and sealed the
set with an ace.
Another short downpour before the start of the second set
compelled the players back inside. Unfortunately for Ana,
the pause didn't change a lot. Clijsters scored a break in
the third game, although Ana earned a break point herself
one game earlier.
The Belgian former world No.1 proved to be too consistent
and was never troubled on serve further in the set,
punctuated as she booked her quarter-final spot to love.
Ana's mixed doubles tie with Nenad Zimonjic, against
Indians Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, was postponed to