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15
August

Another loss for Ana at the start of the big WTA tournament in Cincinnati. The winner was nine years older Dominica Cibulkova, currently the eleventh player of the world and the 11th seed of the tournament. Cibulkova is now avenged the defeat at Wimbledon 40 days ago. At the third Grand Slam tournament of the season Ana was better with 7: 6 (3), 3: 6 and 6: 4, and now Cibulkova won with 2: 1 after Ana in the first set was better with 7: 5. In the second set the Slovak won with 7: 5 and in the third, decisive set, she celebrated with 6: 2. Cibulkova again leads against Ana, in their mutual matches (2: 1).

In the first set, Ana lost her service in the sixth game and Cibulkova took the lead with 4: 2. However immediately in the next game, Ana returned, and in the ninth game she broke her rival's serve. Then she served for the set, but Cibulkova tied. However, in the next game for the third time, Ana broke the Slovak's service, who had won the first two points in the twelfth game. She led with 30: 0. Ana then scored four points and won the first set.

In the second set Cibulkova took the lead with 2: 0. Ana returned in the third game. Then again, Cibulkova broke. But in the fifth game Ana too. In the ninth game Ana had two break points. Cibulkova saved four points in a row and took 5: 4. In the eleventh game there was another lost break opportunity for Ana. In the twelfth game Cibulkova broke Ana's serve and won the second set.

In the third set Cibulkova used the first break point in the set. It was in the fourth game. In the eighth game of the decisive set, Ana saved first two match points. She then had the opportunity to close the gap to 3: 5 but she failed. Cibulkova used the third match point and in eighth finals of the 2.83 million dollars worth tournament in Cincinnati will play against the winner of the match between experienced 27-year-old Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, 45th world tennis player and 18-year-old American Catherine Cartan Bellis, currently 35th on the WTA rank list.

Although she lost to Cibulkova, Ana played a very good match. It is even more worthy of admiration since only seven days ago in the 1st round of the WTA tournament in Toronto, after not feeling good she had to retire from the match with 31 years old Belgian Kirsten Flipkens. Ana's next match will be at the last Grand Slam tournament of the season, US Open.

 

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