Ana slipped to a 7-5, 7-6(4) defeat to Germany’s Mona Barthel in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Ana led 5-3, 30-0 and had two set points in the opening set, but was unable to convert them.
Unusually for a WTA match taking place on clay, there were no breaks of serve in the second set, although Ana again failed to take her opportunities, as she earned three break points that went unconverted. To her credit, Barthel served brilliantly, smacking down 11 aces during the one hour, 43-minute match. In losing this match Ana, who only arrived in Stuttgart on Monday afternoon following the weekend’s Fed Cup tie in Moscow, suffered only her third opening round loss since she began working with coach Nigel Sears.
Maria Sharapova was a quick-fire winner in the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart when French opponent Alize Cornet retired just 50 minutes into their second-round match. Sharapova, seeded two, had won the first set 6-3 and taken the opening game of the second before Cornet signalled she could not continue due to a shoulder injury, handing the Russian a place in the last eight.
Also in the second round, in-form fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska advanced with a 6-3 6-4 win over qualifier Greta Arn, of Hungary, breaking her opponent four times in their 78-minute match. Former world number one Jelena Jankovic (back) was another retirement, pulling out when trailing 6-3 1-0 to sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki in their first-round contest.